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, velvet-smooth lily-like flowers are defined by pronounced violet anthers and creamy white and powder blue petals dramatically splashed with bluish purple flecks. Compact gently arching stems and ovate emerald green leaves forge a stylish vase-shaped base for rounded maroon buds and exotic-looking late season flowers. Inheriting hirta and formosana ancestry, ‘Blue Wonder’ needs to be ensconced along a path where its amazing detail can be easily relished.
Blooms September – October.
Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 15" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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