PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Fringecups (Tellima grandiflora)

Here’s a sweet little cutie-patootie native ground cover that will add cheer to your partly shady garden in mid spring. Related to Heuchera (Coral Bells), Fringecups grows naturally throughout western Washington in forest settings at the edges of clearings and trails.

The plant is a foot tall mound of layered, ruffled, light green, rounded leaves with scalloped edges. These get smaller as they rise along the 24 inch tall flower stems in mid spring. They look like slender towers rising above a lush jungle. The tips of the blooming stems end in a cluster of slightly pinkish & pale yellow tiny flowers with frilly fringed petals.

Fringecups likes full shade to a half day of sun. It will colonize into a little patch of itself, shading out weeds as it goes. Ours have migrated here and there into the gaps in a rock wall & we just let it go. It’s cute and harmless. We like things like that.