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Piggyback Plant | Tolmiea menziesii

Spike with small tubular flowers April to August. Grows in moist forests and along streambanks. This is one of the few native species which can tolerate the low humidity inside modern homes, therefore it has been sold as an indoor houseplant. Small buds at the base of the leaf blades develop "daughter plants," thus the common names piggy-back plant or youth-on-age. Good groundcover for woodland gardens, near bodies of water, or along a path. It can also be grown in a container or hanging basket.


Plant Details

HabitatsRiparian Forests, Bottomland Forests
Habitat NotesFound in moist forests and stream banks at lower elevations.
Mature Height10”
Shade Preferenceshade, part sun
Soil ToleranceMoist soils
Special UsesAttracts insects, bees and butterflies; Ornamental