Tellima grandiflora
fragrant fringecup

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington, but also in northeastern Washington and in the Columbia River Gorge; Alaska to California, east to northern Idaho and western Montana.

Habitat: Common in damp woods, forest edges, and along streams from sea level to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Stipules are sheathed, greenish, ca. 5 mm, and membranous. Petioles are 3-30 cm; blades are 3.5-10 cm, ultimate margins ciliate.


40-90 cm in total, densely stipitate-glandular or glandular-hispid; bracts are mostly subtending pedicels scalelike.


Hypanthium is campanulate to widely urceolate, 4.5-9 mm, stipitate-glandular. Sepals are erect, elliptic, 1-3 mm, apex acute. Petals are erect proximally, spreading to reflexed distally, obovate, 5-7-lobed, 3-7 mm, lobes are usually linear.


100-150 seeds are produced, ranging from 0.8-1 mm.

Accepted Name:
Tellima grandiflora (Pursh) Douglas ex Lindl.
Publication: Bot. Reg. 14: plate, 1178. 1828.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Mitella grandiflora Pursh
Tellima odorata Howell
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Tellima grandiflora in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Tellima grandiflora checklist entry

OregonFlora: Tellima grandiflora information

E-Flora BC: Tellima grandiflora atlas page

CalPhotos: Tellima grandiflora photos

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