Tellima grandiflora (Fringe Cups) CC RO


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Plant Description: This plant is a clump forming perennial with hairy, glandular stems and round to heart shaped leaves that are mostly basal on long petioles. Leaves have coarsely toothed margins and very shallow lobes. Fragrant flowers are loosely arranged on long spikes that rise above the tufts of leaves. As many as 10-35 individual flowers bloom on each raceme having white to red colored petals that are deeply lobed, making them appear feathery. Fruit is a beaked capsule with many seeds, making fringecup a plant that reseeds itself generously. Blooms in May-July. The basal leaves remain evergreen in mild winters and may turn bronze green in the cold.

  • Height: 2 ft
  • Width: 1-1.5 ft
  • Watering needs: Moderate
  • Sun needs: Full to partial shade
  • Soil needs: Likes moist, humus rich, well-draining soil
  • Bloom Time: May-July
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant is found in moist locations, particularly in shaded forest, and near streams, Tellima grandiflora also doesn’t mind disturbed areas such as avalanche trails, and is usually growing under 6500 ft.

This plant is excellent for woodland gardens, food forests, and conventional or ornamental gardens. Its main function is to attract pollinators and beneficial insects.

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