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Bigflower Tellima
Tellima grandiflora
  
About Bigflower Tellima (Tellima grandiflora) 23 Nurseries Carry This Plant Bigflower Tellima (Tellima grandiflora) is a native perennial herb in the Saxifagiaceae (Saxifrage) family that grows in central and northern California, from Santa Cruz northward. It is found in the Coast Ranges and northern Sierras. It tends to grow in the moist shade of evergreen forest at elevations from sea level to 5,000 feet. The basal leaves resemble Heuchera and other plants in the same family. The leaves and inflorescence are somewhat hairy. The spike-like raceme carries numerous red, pink or white flowers that are small and ephemeral but very attractive. It would be a good addition to the understory of a woodland garden.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
1.3 - 3 ft tall
2 ft wide

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Semi-Deciduous, Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Red, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Shade, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate - High,

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / week once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Forest soil with high organic content. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant

Companion Plants
Companion Plants

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Most often found in the damp shad of evergreen forest in northern California

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 19.3" - 151.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.27" - 5.63", Coldest Month: 35.2" - 50.4", Hottest Month: 53.8" - 74.7", Humidity: 0.04" - 23.39", Elevation: 11" - 6950"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Fringe Cups


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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