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Common Name: Fringe Cups
Tellima grandiflora is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Western N. America. A garden escape, occasionally naturalized in Britain[
Rocky soils under moist conditions, occasionally in boggy land, in redwood, mixed evergreen and yellow pine forests from sea level to 1500 metres[
Grows well in humus-rich soils in a shady position[
]. Succeeds in any good sweet garden soil that does not dry out in spring[
There are several named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[
A decoction of the pounded plant has been used to restore the appetite and to treat a range of sicknesses[
A useful ground cover plant for moist borders, woodlands and rock gardens[
Seed - sow early spring in a warm greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination is usually fairly rapid. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer.
The seed can also be sown in the middle of spring in an outdoor seedbed and planted out in early summer.
Alternatively, you can sow the seed in an outdoor seedbed in the middle of summer for planting out in the following spring.
Division in early spring or early autumn[
]. It is best to divide the plants in August or early September, making sure that the woody roots are planted quite deeply with only the crown of foliage above the ground[