Also known as fringe cups, tellimas grandiflora are lovely ornamental herbaceous perennials producing rosettes of heart-shaped, hairy leaves from which protrude masses of tiny greenish-white flowers held on slender stems in the spring — as they age, the small flowers will gradually take a pinkish hue. Native to the cool, moist forests commonly found in north-western America, these shade lovers make excellent ground cover plants for the woodland or modern garden. Try mixing with other perennials such as heucheras and ferns or grow under tulips to enjoy an especially beautiful display in the spring.
Plant in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade — they will also tolerate full sun. Every few years, lift and divide overcrowded clumps in spring.
Tellimas are supplied in 9 cm pots. Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Generally, tellimas do not suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems. However, snails and slugs can be an issue as they enjoy eating their foliage. To avoid this, provide protection.