Tellima grandiflora

Fringe Cups

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Shade
Drainage: Medium
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 2' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



This little heuchera relative grows in moist shady woodlands in the northern Sierra Nevada, and in the coastal ranges from the Santa Cruz Mountains north. It forms a short mound of rounded, slightly lobed, leaves that expands slowly over time. In the spring a tall flower stem appears punctuated with tiny bell shaped flowers which are creamy white with a pink hue. As the flowers fade, thousands of tiny seeds develop in the upright “cups” (fused sepals?). With water, fringe cups may be kept green year-round. If kept dry, they will go dormant then return with the winter rains. Like many members of the saxifrage family, fringe cups make excellent potted plants.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous