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Tolmiea menziesii, Piggy-back Plant, Youth-on-age, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

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Tolmiea menziesii

  • Size at maturity: 12-30" tall, 1' wide
  • Canopy layer: groundcover
  • Light requirements: full shade, part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist soil
  • Special features: evergreen

Lush green forest groundcover. Also known as Youth-on-Age; names attributed to the young plantlets growing on top of older leaves. Maroon flowers on stems Apr-Aug; spreads by seed or by "Youth" plants rooting when their stems bend down and touch the ground.

Photo Credit: Tracy Cozine