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Piggy back plant

Tolmiea spp.

Tolmiea menziesii - Youth-on-Age by Digitalbcon1 (CC BY 2.0)

Full Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


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Tolmiea menziesii 6537
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Piggy back plant Overview

A genus of only two species of herbaceous perennials in the Saxifragaceae family. They come from Northwest USA. Tolmeia menziesii is a popular garden and house plant, now naturalised in the UK. It is commonly known as the piggyback plant as it grows many tiny plantlets from its leaf petioles that eventually fall off the mother plant and root in soil. It prefers a shady position.

How to propagate Piggy back plant


Division in spring.


Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Piggy back plant

Grown as ground cover. Is suitable for cool woodland gardens.