PlantsTolmiea→Piggyback Plant (Tolmiea menziesii)

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Botanical names:
Tolmiea menziesii Accepted
Tiarella menziesii Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 18 to 30 inches (46-76cm)
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches (30-46cm)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Produces plantlets along petiole at leaf node.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon


Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jan 1, 2013 8:12 PM

Native in the Pacific NW, found in the forest understory. I've had it migrate to my flower beds, and it makes a nice groundcover. Is also used as a house plant. The genus is named for William Tohmie, an early botanical collector and physician at Fort Vancouver; and the species is named for Archibald Menzies, an early botanist to explore the PNW coast.

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