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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Tellima grandiflora (Pursh) Dougl. ex Lindl.
Bigflower tellima, Fragrant fringecup
USDA Symbol: TEGR2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Out of flower, fragrant fringecups is often confused with alum-root. The clumps of leaves are similar and increase slowly. The flowering stalks are 1-2 ft. high, bearing a long succession of cup-shaped flowers crowned by white, green or pink fringed petals. A plant growing in clumps with most leaves near base and cream or pale pink, fringed flowers in several long racemes.
This species is a beautiful plant of shaded woods, the slender wands of flowers arching upward or standing erect above the rich green foliage. The unusual petals are at first white or cream but often become deep pink with age.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Mts. of San Luis Obispo and Placer Cos., CA to n.w. MT, n. to s. AK Native Habitat:
Cool, moist woods & rocky places below 5000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Fringe cups can be somewhat aggressive. The plants are susceptible to mildew.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.
Warning: Leaves, twigs, and seeds inside fleshy berries are all poisonous if eaten, and potentially fatal. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Fragrant Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagate by division or seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff