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Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for September 26th - November 29th, 2007

Picture of Tricyrtis macropoda, Pagoda Toad-lily.  Click here for a larger image.
This is Pagoda Toad-lily, Tricyrtis macropoda.

This tall, slender, woodland herbaceous perennial member of the lily family grows to ~3 feet, and showcases rows of small orchid-like flowers. Far different from their "toady" name, these shade lovers have a graceful arching habit. Their smooth, somewhat rounded leaves which narrow to a point are elegant and substantial and the waxy, exotic pale flowers, which have tiny purple spots and are borne in open cymes from the ends of the stems, are a treat worth waiting for. The flowers look like two-story pagodas or candelabras and bloom in late summer to early fall. It is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 through 8, and has much less height and bulk than Tricyrtis hirta, so it needs a position close to the border's edge. The Pagoda Toad-lily can be found in Asian Collections, just to the left as you approach the real pagoda, and throughout the collection.

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