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Common Name: Youth On Age
Tolmiea menziesii is a Evergreen Perennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Western N. America. Occasionally naturalized in Britain[
Moist coniferous woods below 1800 metres[
], especially by streams[
A very easily grown plant, it succeeds in any good sweet garden soil that does not dry out in spring[
]. Prefers a fairly rich and not too heavy soil[
]. Requires some shade to prevent leaf-scorch[
]. Succeeds in dry shade[
]. Succeeds in the border or woodland[
Although perfectly hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -17°c[
], this plant is often grown as a houseplant because of its interesting habit of producing new young plants on its old leaves[
Young shoots in spring - raw[
]. Rather bitter[
A poultice of the fresh leaves has been used in the treatment of boils[
A ground cover plant for a shady position[
]. Plants are best spaced about 60cm apart each way[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division of young plants in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.