Plant of the Week: Sinonome Toad Lily

Photo by Steven SeveringhausWith its beautifully mottled flowers, the sinonome toad lily easily catches the eyes of passersby. Photo by Steven Severinghaus

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Tricyrtis ‘Sinonome,’ the toad lily, with its orchid-like, purple-and-white mottled flowers, is a beautiful sight in autumn, when most summer flowers have begun to fade. The name Tricyrtis derives from the Greek words “tri” (three) and “kyrtos” (curved), referring to the three nectaries found on the base of the flower. This species is endemic to many parts of Asia, where it is prized as a long-stemmed cut flower. ‘Sinonome’ has been bred to be more tolerant of dry conditions, with a more robust foliage than most Tricyrtis specimens. You can find this magnificent flower in the woodland edge just south of the 14th Street Passage.

On the High Line at West 14th Street

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