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Tellima grandiflora

Tellima grandiflora
fringe cups
Tellima grandiflora

Common name fringe cups
Family saxifragaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers white-pink (May-July)
Size 2'
Light part shade
Cultural notes moist soil
From seed germinate at room temperature. a cold stage may be helpful.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-July

Large, attractively veined, rich green leaves, similar to heuchera, stay low, with flower stalks rising well above. As the oddly fringed flowers age, they turn from white to pink, creating an interesting two-tone effect. Native to the US.
I grew plants from two seed sources. One was labeled Boykinia occidentalis, but that one has very differently shaped flowers. An astute reader of this website set me straight - I still hope to grow the real boykinia some day.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F (25%G, 19-40d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (no G, 46d)

Seedling are weak, succumb to damp-off easily. Seed apparently has low long-term viability.

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