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False Alumroot, Fringe Cup, Fringecup

Tellima grandiflora

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tellima (te-LEE-muh) (Info)
Species: grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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:

Partial to Full Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Wasilla, Alaska

Richmond, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Blodgett, Oregon

Dallas, Oregon

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

Salem, Oregon

Bremerton, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Poulsbo, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 11, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A good groundcover for a waterside planting, or in moist light woodland shade, as long as moisture is consistent. Tolerates saturated soils and seasonal flooding. Can be evergreen in mild winter climates.

The small flowers open pale green and take on pink tones as they age. Flower stems are untidy when flowering is over and need to be cut back then.

This is one of the few plants native to western N. America that performs well in the northeast. Does not like the hot summers of the southeast.


On May 7, 2011, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've had two fringe cups in the garden for a year now, and both were basically evergreen over the winter, one where other new 'evergreen' additions had frost damage and tip damage. So far problem free, in addition to not looking tatty from slug damage!


On May 11, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

This is a native which is very adaptable. It reseeds volunteers in all the part shady places of the garden, and is not fussy about soil, drainage or amount of water. It needs no fertilizer. It looks great in the spring, with not showy but attractive flower spires. It can get ratty looking by mid summer when covered with dried flower stalks. I just prune to the ground when it gets ugly to get some fresh, neat looking new growth. The volunteers are very easy to pull when they pop up in unwanted places, and are very easy to transplant to fill in any gaps.


On May 23, 2005, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a common native wildflower in western Washington, and is not picky about soil, amount of sun, or moisture levels. It pops up as seedlings in my garden, particularly in moist shady areas, and I let most of them grow.


On Sep 2, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Ground cover plant with basal foliage and thin wiry flower stems which are 12"-18" high. Plant width is 12"-18". The 3"-4" wide basal leaves are heart shaped and very hairy. The flowers are bell-shaped.

This species should be grown in shaded areas in a moist, organic amended soul. Additions of peat moss and other organic materials aid in moisture retention.

Vigorous grower suitable for wildflower or woodland garden.

Native to western North America from Alaska to California