Tellima grandiflora (Fringecups) [30 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they are tiny and require careful handling. I have always started these by surface-sowing the seeds in fall to mid winter and setting them outdoors so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring. Be aware that sprouting can be slow and irregular.

According that what I’ve read, it is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in not-too-warm, moist, bright conditions. (The ideal germination temperature appears to be around 50°F.) But if you try that and no seedlings appear within about a month, then put the pot in a plastic bag and put it in your refrigerator for about a month to provide an artificial chilling period before moving it back to light and moderate temperatures.

Once you get the plants to flowering stage, you’re likely to find self-sown seedlings in future years if you allow the seeds to mature in the garden.

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Fringecups (Tellima grandiflora), also known as bigflower tellima or false alumroot, produces 6- to 10-inch-tall clumps—and eventually carpets, in ideal conditions—of broad, shallowly lobed green leaves. In mid- to late spring, the plants send up many slender, 1- to 2-foot-tall stems lined with small, cupped flowers that have a fringed rim. They start out greenish white and develop a pinkish to reddish blush as they age. Native to parts of the western United States, fringecups grows best in partial shade and evenly moist, humus-rich soil, in climates where summers aren’t too hot. Perennial; Zones 4 to 7.

Collected in late June 2023. At least 30 seeds. Unknown ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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