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10 – Toad Lily: My Top 10 Favorite Plants

It took me a while to pick my last favorite plant, the Toad Lily. Surprisingly, it beat out Sedum, Echinacea and Red Twig Dogwood.

Random Unmarked Plant from Plant Sale

Random Unmarked Plant from Plant Sale Posted on Twitter

I found this little gem at the Snohomish Garden Club plant sale this past spring. When I brought it home I noticed the tag was missing and had no idea what it was.  I didn’t even remember why I picked it out. So I took a picture and posted it on Twitter.  Almost instantly my friend Jenn from Wisconsin told me it was a Toad Lily.

It was then that I knew why I picked it out. I love toads and lilies. Why not a Toad Lily?

Still not knowing what a toad lily was, I planted it in a part sun/shade spot by the cherry tree in my back yard. I figured it would stay small and I could enjoy the little spots on the leaves.  I’m not sure why I didn’t just Google “Toad Lily” to find out – this is what I normally do with new mystery plants.

Almost six months goes by and I barely notice the plant.  Mid summer I did notice it was taller than I expected so I moved it toward the back of the flower bed.

Then, earlier this week I was on Twitter again and my friend Kari from Connecticut posted a picture of her Toad Lily. I’m not kidding you, I opened the link, gasped, and ran to see if mine was as beautiful.

I had no idea.  I fell in love instantly.

Toad + Lily + Spots + Beautiful =  Top 10 Favorite Plant

My Toad Lily

My Toad Lily

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. This toad lily is a little beauty. I love its purple freckles. I also like your dahlias! Now, I want to look at the pictures from the Bainbridge Island tour. Thanks for posting them! I always miss that tour, will try to make it next year. Happy October gardening to you!


    October 10, 2009
  2. They really are such pretty plants. Mine decided not to bloom this year so I moved it and already see new growth on it. I just looked back to see you other top 9 and many of those are favorites of mine too.


    October 10, 2009
  3. I love the slightly weirdness of the trycertis. It’s the same reason I love the epimediums in the spring. Have you ever seen a yellow variety? Mine is about to bloom. I’ll tweet you a peak.


    October 10, 2009

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