A picture of a Fringe Cups

Fringe Cups

Tellima grandiflora

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Tellima grandiflora 2007-06-02 (plant)
A photo of Fringe Cups
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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

Seed

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

Division

Divide in spring.

Special features of Fringe Cups

Ground cover

Other uses of Fringe Cups

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