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Accrington Observer - - LEISURE -

Tri­cyr­tis hirta THIS is a really ex­otic beauty from Ja­pan – although its com­mon name of hairy toad lily would not in­di­cate this.

Beau­ti­ful white or­chid-like flow­ers are heav­ily spot­ted with deep pur­ple, set atop hand­some dark green leaves. It’s a hardy and won­der­ful plant for shade that flow­ers around now so will really stand out.

How­ever, don’t tuck it away at the back as you want to be able to ad­mire its beauty.

It does best in a damp soil and there­fore is not an ideal can­di­date for pots, where it will eas­ily dry out.

Watch out for slugs and snails who are also fond of it.

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