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Darmera peltata

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Darmera (DAR-mer-uh) (Info)
Species: peltata (pel-TAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Peltiphyllum peltatum

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Ponds and Aquatics

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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6 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive selas4us On Dec 31, 2014, selas4us from Provo, UT wrote:

I found this large leaved plant growing by a small stream near Sundance on Mount Timpanogos in Utah in 1981. I took leaves to the BYU Herbarium, It was identified as Peltiphyllum Peltatum. The leaves reminded me of a big saxifradge,- it was. How it got to Utah where I found it, I do not know. I transplanted some roots to my home in Provo, Utah in 1981. The plants spread and lasted for 25 years. Then it began to die back, the leaves got smaller over a period of 2-3 years and eventually grew no more. Nothing came up after 2007. I planted it in the shade in my front yard and tried to water it regularly. Summer temperatures in Provo, Utah can get up to 105. I miss the plant and its large leaves. I'd like to get some more Darmera to replace it.

Positive Azorina On Apr 6, 2010, Azorina from (Linda)Gig Harbor, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wonderful tough perennial. I have it growing near my stream where it sends up large blooms in April out of the bare ground then large round leaves. I tolerates nearly total shade where it isn't as likely to send up blooms but the leaves become very large. Very striking!

Positive bonehead On Nov 25, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Slow to emerge in the spring. I tried this at the base of a willow with no luck whatsoever, apparently the willow sucked up all the available water. Moved some to a more marshy wild area and hoping for better luck next season. Impressive leaves need lots of space. *** Further research reveals that this is native to my area and it is now doing great in a boggy woodland setting.

Negative outdoorlover On Apr 3, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Did not have luck with this plant in zone 7b, Enid, Oklahoma. Could be because it did not receive enough water for its needs, although all my other plants survive and flourish. It died out the first season. It must need a lot of water!

Positive fluffygrue On Aug 30, 2006, fluffygrue from Manchester
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Impressive-looking plant with gorgeous foliage, though very particular in its water needs. Ours is still a bit crinkly round the edges after its mini-pond dried up during a droughty period - so make sure it's always got plenty of water.

Positive branka On Apr 26, 2004, branka from Hobart, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have my darmera planted in it's own mini bog. This is it's second full season with me and the first time it's bloomed (mid April). It has six stalks with a bloom on top of each one. The blooms are a little smaller that a tennis ball.

The leaves are starting to emerge and when they start to take over, the flowers will fade. It's a beautiful plant for it's foilage and I am very pleased with the blossoms not that I finally got to see them!

Positive petevllx On Mar 3, 2004, petevllx from Oakland, CA wrote:

I have it growing here in East Oakland, California in a very large pot which has excellent drainage, lots of sand and gets water run through it every day. Also inside the large pot are several other plants. The pot is in full sun, but I turn it during the hottest months so the other plants shade the Darmera to prevent scorching. Darmera grows best in fairly fast-moving cold water. It's a very beautiful and unusual plant! I read somewhere that it's the world's largest saxifrage.


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

South Glastonbury, Connecticut
West Hartford, Connecticut
Evanston, Illinois
Hobart, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Bethel, Maine
Lindstrom, Minnesota
West Hurley, New York
Rogers, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Provo, Utah
Newport, Vermont
Lexington, Virginia
Artondale, Washington
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Stanwood, Washington

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