Saxifragaceae
Tolmiea menziesii

Piggy-Back Plant

Trailing plant with tall stem. Plant more or less hairy. Basal and stem leaves widely oblong, shallow lobes with pointed tips, sharp teeth, short bristles on top surface. Small plantlets often grow on top of leaf. Flowers in spike, 4 petals thread-like purplish or brown. Grows in moist woods at low to mid elevations. Often grown as a houseplant. Tolmiea is named for William Fraser Tolmie (1812–1886), surgeon for the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Vancouver.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 12--30 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest
  • Found In: Siskiyous, N Cascades NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP, West Gorge, Columbia Basin
  • Native: Yes