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Tolmiea menziesii

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Species Name: Tolmiea menziesii
Common Name: Piggy Back Plant

Flowers stems rise above low foliage. Does best in cool damp locations. Combines well with ferns and plants of coastal redwood regions. Plants reproduce by dropping "plantlets" which fall from the stems and root in the ground where they land.

Plant Family: Saxifragaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Clumping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Maroon
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwest, Northcentral Coast, San Francisco Bay
Natural Habitat: Moist banks, cliffs below 5400'

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