These flowers, from the genus Tricyrtis, are called toad lilies because their flowers are used to attract small frogs in the Asian tropics. These small lilies look like tiny orchids, all lined up and down their bright green stems. The purple spotted flowers bloom well in shady woodland areas, similar to the side yard at our Santa Barbara home where this flower grows. When you see these flowers up close, you are struck by their complex flower structure, but look closer and you will see droplets of nectar designed to attract pollinators. Truly an amazing flower up close.

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