Some say this fascinating species owes its common name to the Philippine Tasaday Indians’ practice of wiping their hands with juice from the blossoms before setting out to collect frogs. Others say it’s the unusual spotted flowers that account for the name. Whichever story is true, the blooms have such detail and quiet beauty that they should be admired close up. They open on gently arching stems for long periods in late summer and early fall, when most other flowers are already spent. With a moist, humus-rich soil, all the Toad Lilies will form elegant clumps.
A jewel of the shadows, waxy lily-like blooms feature pronounced violet anthers plus creamy-white and powder-blue petals dramatically splashed with bluish purple flecks. Compact, gently arching stems clothed in ovate emerald-green leaves forge a stylish vase-shaped base for the rounded maroon buds and exotic-looking late season flowers. Inheriting both hirta and formosana traits, ‘Blue Wonder’ should be ensconced along a path so its amazing detail can be easily relished.
Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 15" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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