Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' (Toad Lily) with golden-yellow leaf margins
Several Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' (Toad Lily) with flower buds grown in 1-gallon containers

Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' (Toad Lily) Unity Grown

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Originally native to Taiwan, 'Gilt Edge' is a compact cultivar of Trycyrtis formosana, also called toad lily, a highly ornamental perennial wildflower typically found medium to wet organically rich soils in part-shade areas. Although introduced to North America in the mid 1990s, Trycyrtis formosana does not show many invasive qualities, and only spreads by way of way rhizome rather slowly, and 'Gilt Edge' adds a lot of ecological and aesthetic appeal to the garden.

The 'Gilt Edge' cultivar is noted for its cream-white variegated leaf margins as well as its more compact habit, growing to only 12-24" tall as opposed to the straight species height of up to 40". Small, lily-like flowers are produced in small, branched clusters in late summer to early fall, and have to be seen to be believed with shades of cream white and golden orange-yellow on the interior and pink and purple speckled on the exterior petals; flowers are also highly attractive to a number of pollinators, including native bees and hummingbirds, and young plant tissues are attractive to small mammals, like rabbits, who will eat young leaves. Although Trycyrtis formosana is not rabbit tolerant, it is deer resistant and capable of growing in deep shade.

This 'Gilt Edge' selection was grown from the ground up here at Unity Church Hill Nursery.

Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter, Acidic, Loam, and Sand
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: White, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Multi-color
Foliage color: Variegated:Green/White
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Wet Soil Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, and Deer Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Woodland Garden, and Small Space

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