Tolmiea menziesii (Pursh) Torr. & A. Gray
Piggyback-plant, Thousand Mothers, Youth On Age, Youth-on-age
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
Synonym(s): Tiarella menziesii
USDA Symbol: TOME
This perennials several wand-like flower stalks, up to 2 1/2 ft. tall, produce loose flower clusters. The modest flowers are an unusual greenish-purple to chocolate color and have bright-yellow anthers. The broad sepals contrast with the filamentous petals. Lobed and toothed leaves, reduced upward on the stem, are hairy.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: S. AK, s. to Santa Cruz Co., CA, mostly to the w. of the mts.
Native Habitat: Moist woods; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: This unusual plant reproduces vegetatively by developing plantlets at the juncture of petiole and leaf blade. It is often sold as a house plant.
BenefitWarning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Minor skin irritation on contact. Symptoms include allergic reactions; redness, itching, blisters; low risk. Toxic Principle: Unidentified. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Easy to propagate from seed, leaf plantlets, or pieces of rootstock.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Tolmiea menziesii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tolmiea menziesii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tolmiea menziesii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff