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Fringe cups (Tellima grandiflora) - closeup of flower spike

Tellima grandiflora

Fringe cups

Fringe cups (Tellima grandiflora) is an evergreen perennial.  It forms a compact, tidy mound of bright green heart-shaped leaves that often have attractive purple veination.  

Native habitat and range
Fringe cups is found in redwood, mixed evergreen and yellow pine forests and along streambanks from coastal British Columbia south into California.

You can grow fringe cups easily from seed.  This is the best way if you're wanting lots of plants.  Well-established plants can, with care, be divided.  Use a sharp knife to separate the clumps.

Fringe cups Growing and Maintenance Tips

Very little maintenance is needed.  Just cut off the flower stems at the base when they've finished flowering.  If you don't mind the look of the flower-less stems, you can leave them on till they dry out and then you can pull them out quite easily!

Tellima grandiflora Characteristics


  • Evergreen
  • Fast-growing
  • California native

Flower color

  • Green
  • Pink

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Mounding


  • Morning sun
  • Dense shade
  • Light or dappled shade

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Sandy loam
  • Clay
  • Loam
  • Clay-loam

Water requirements

  • None - Low
  • None

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts birds
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Attracts hummingbirds
  • Attracts bees

Suggested uses

  • Under pine trees
  • Container
  • Under redwoods
  • Under CA native oaks
  • Rock garden
  • Firescaping


  • California

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Twinberry Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
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Hearst ceanothus Hearst ceanothus (Ceanothus hearstiorum)
Pacific ninebark Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)