A picture of a Fringe Cups

Fringe Cups

Tellima grandiflora

Also known as

Bigflower Tellima, Fragrant Fringe-Cup, Large Fringe-Cup

Tellima grandiflora 2007-06-02 (flower) by Magnus Manske (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Fringe Cups

A close up of a some yellow green Tellima grandiflora flowers
A green Tellima grandiflora plant in a garden
A photo of Fringe Cups
A photo of Fringe Cups

Fringe Cups Overview

Tellima grandiflora is also known by the common name Fringe Cups. It is a perennial species in the saxifrage family, Saxifragaceae. It originates from North America, where it is found natively in moist woodland in Central California and between Alaska and Idaho. It has a clumping habit, producing bluntly lobed, rounded leaves from the base, these persist in mild climates. In colder areas, it is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring. Flowers are borne on stems measuring around 75cm tall, they are small, sometimes lightly scented and they are cream in colour, fading to a light red-pink shade with time.

Common problems with Fringe Cups

How to propagate Fringe Cups


Readily self sows. Sow seed when ripe, best overwintered in a cold frame.


Divide in spring.

Special features of Fringe Cups

Ground cover

Other uses of Fringe Cups

Ground cover, borders and under shrubs. Spring/Summer interest.