Habit: clump forming perennial with hairy, glandular stems and round to heart shaped leaves that are mostly basal on long petioles. Leaves have coarsely toothed margins and very shallow lobes. Deliciously fragrant flowers are loosely arranged on long spikes that rise above the tufts of leaves. As many as 10-35 individual flowers bloom on each raceme having white to red colored petals that are deeply lobed, making them appear feathery. Fruit is a beaked capsule with many seeds, making fringecup a plant that reseeds itself generously. Blooms April to May. The basal leaves remain evergreen in mild winters and may turn bronze green in the cold.
Ecology: found in moist locations, particularly in shaded forest, and near streams, Tellima grandiflora also doesn’t mind disturbed areas such as avalanche trails, and is usually growing under 6500 ft (2000 m).
Growing Conditions: full to partial shade in moist, humus rich, well-drained soil. Tolerates drought or seasonal flooding once established.
Fringecup is in the same family, as and similar in appearance to Heuchera, Tiarella and Mitella (anagram of Tellima).