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False alum root

Tellima spp.

Also known as

Fringe cups

Tellima grandiflora0 by [1] (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    False alum root Overview

    There is only one species in this genera - T. grandiflora or the fringe cup, but there are many varieties and cultivars of this herbaceous perennial, popular as garden plants for their clumps of lobed leaves in various colours and dainty erect flower stems. The species is native to Northwest USA and Canada but has naturalised in countries where it is gown as a garden specimen. It prefers shade but is tolerant of most conditions.

    Common problems with False alum root

    How to propagate False alum root


    Propagation is by division in the spring.


    Seed in the autumn.

    Other uses of False alum root

    Makes good ground cover and is ideal for cool, semi-shaded woodland gardens and under shrubs in sunny borders.