Fringecup (Tellima grandiflora)

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Interesting spikes of flowers!

Usually found on forest fringes, Fringecup is an adaptable little groundcover plant. In spring, spikes of flowers appear - they start out white-green, and then slowly turn pink through the season. In addition to adding vertical interest to the garden, these flowers are well liked by bumble bees!

Fringecup likes some water, but once it is established, it can be quite drought tolerant. Similarly, it primarily likes shade, but can withstand some sun. In nature, you'll usually find it in open forests and along woodland edges.

This plant makes an excellent shady groundcover! It spreads slowly by seed and rhizomes, but is not aggressive.

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Perennial (multiple years)
Part sun to full shade
Prefers moisture, can handle summer drought once established
Flowers up to 2 feet, leaves stay under 1 foot
White-green, turning pink over time
Bloom Period:
Early spring to early summer
Broad, low-growing ground cover
Native Range:
Along the west coast, Alaska through California
Typical Habitat:
Partly-shaded forest, forest edge, open woodlands