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Gates of Heaven Toad Lily*

Tricyrtis formosana 'Gates of Heaven'

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Gates of Heaven Toad Lily (Tricyrtis formosana 'Gates of Heaven') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Gates of Heaven Toad Lily foliage

Gates of Heaven Toad Lily foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Toadlily


This exceptional variety forms an attractive mound of unusual golden leaves; lovely purple orchid-like flowers with yellow throats appear in early fall, and blooms until first frost; deserves a spot where it can be seen up close; excellent as a cut flower

Ornamental Features

Gates of Heaven Toad Lily has purple orchid-like flowers with yellow throats at the ends of the stems from early to mid fall, which emerge from distinctive deep purple flower buds, and which are interesting on close inspection. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves remain gold in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Gates of Heaven Toad Lily is an open herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Gates of Heaven Toad Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Gates of Heaven Toad Lily will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features