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Tolmiea menziesii

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tolmiea (TOL-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: menziesii (menz-ESS-ee-eye) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral quintal0503 On Aug 1, 2010, quintal0503 from Montrose, PA wrote:

I acquired this plant by accident 2 years ago. A local farmer's market mislabeled the tiny plant as a hollyhock. It turned out to be a piggyback. The flowers were sparse and unremarkable, but the plant is thriving in my yard, which is a Zone 4B.

Neutral frogsrus On Jul 8, 2003, frogsrus from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is my first successful pig in 30 years of trying. It is not fond of our dry hot weather in San Diego. Even indirect sunlight seems to annoy it so it is in one of my precious always shaded areas.

Positive mystic On Jan 5, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this as a houseplant years ago, 2 years ago somebody gave me a start and told me to plant it outside I never figured it would survive our winters but its has come back the last 2 years. Makes a good groundcover in shady areas, it will not tolerate sun. I am in zone 6A so it is hardy in zone 6.

Neutral jody On Aug 31, 2001, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Found in the wild spreading freely on the floor of coniferous woodland. It is widely grown as a houseplant but makes an effective groundcover under shrubs and trees when it is protected from strong sun.
Hairy leaves lobed and toothed. Spires of small slightly fragran purplish brown flowers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jones, Alabama
Chicago, Illinois
Ewing, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Canton, Mississippi
Neptune, New Jersey
Newfoundland, New Jersey
Brooklyn, New York
Hickory, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Brady, Washington
Bremerton, Washington
Kalama, Washington

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