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Tellima grandiflora (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)
Tellima grandiflora (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

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Zones A3, 2-9, 14-17
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Tellima grandiflora

Fringe Cups
Saxifragaceae
Perennials

A native from central California to southern Alaska often confused with Tiarella. Grows to 2 1/2 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide. Creeping rootstock sends up leafstalks to 8 in. long set with rounded to triangular, lobed, light green, softly hairy leaves. Foliage is evergreen where winters are mild. Small, urn-shaped spring flowers with tiny fringed petals open green, age to deep red; though not showy, they’re attractively arranged along tall, slender stems. Provide rich, moist soil. Choice plant to combine with ferns in a woodland garden. Spreads manageably by seed.

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