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Tolmiea menziesii, photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia
Tolmiea menziesii, photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia

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Zones A3, 4-9, 14-17, 20-24
Partial SunNo Sun
Partial, Shade
Ample WaterRegular Water
Ample, Moderate

Tolmiea menziesii

Piggyback Plant
Saxifragaceae
Perennials

Native to Coast Ranges fromNorthern California northward toAlaska. Chief asset is abundantproduction of attractive, mediumgreen, triangular to heart-shaped,shallowly lobed leavesof variable size (up to 5 in. long),carried at that ends of leafstalksthat also vary in length.Leaves are covered in 1?8-in.-longhairs. Tiny, rather inconspicuousreddish brown flowers top 1–2-ft.-high stems. ‘Taff’s Gold’ hasfoliage irregularly mottled withchartreuse and yellow; great forbrightening shady corners.

Good groundcover for shade.Spreads indefinitely by producingnew plantlets at junction ofleafstalk and leaf blade; plantletsroot in the soil. Handsomein hanging baskets.

Start new plants anytime of theyear; take leaf with plantlet andinsert in moist potting mix sothat base of plantlet contactssoil. As a houseplant, needs cool temperatures, filtered light(bright light is fine if it’s indirect).Mealybugs and spidermites are occasional pests.

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