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Tolmiea menziesii - (Pursh.)Torr.&A.Gray.

Common Name Youth On Age, Mother-of-Thousands Plant, Youth on Age Plant, Pickaback Plant
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness 7-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist coniferous woods below 1800 metres[187], especially by streams[60].
Range Western N. America. Occasionally naturalized in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Tolmiea menziesii Youth On Age, Mother-of-Thousands Plant, Youth on Age Plant, Pickaback Plant


Tolmiea menziesii Youth On Age, Mother-of-Thousands Plant, Youth on Age Plant, Pickaback Plant
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Summary

Bloom Color: Brown, Green. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer. Form: Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Tolmiea menziesii is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Tiarella menziesii

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots in spring - raw[118, 257]. Rather bitter[K].

Medicinal Uses



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Poultice.

A poultice of the fresh leaves has been used in the treatment of boils[257].

Other Uses

A ground cover plant for a shady position[188]. Plants are best spaced about 60cm apart each way[208].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Container, Ground cover, Rock garden, Woodland garden. A very easily grown plant, it succeeds in any good sweet garden soil that does not dry out in spring[200]. Prefers a fairly rich and not too heavy soil[200]. Requires some shade to prevent leaf-scorch[200]. Succeeds in dry shade[188]. Succeeds in the border or woodland[1]. Although perfectly hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -17°c[200], this plant is often grown as a houseplant because of its interesting habit of producing new young plants on its old leaves[1]. Special Features: North American native, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division of young plants in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(Pursh.)Torr.&A.Gray.

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60200

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