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Fringecup (Tellima, Fringe Cup, Fringecups, Bigflower Tellima, False Alum Root)

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  • Common Name: Fringecup (Tellima, Fringe Cup, Fringecups, Bigflower Tellima, False Alum Root)
  • Latin Name: Tellima grandiflora
  • Family Name: Saxifragaceae
Often called Fringe Cups, the flowers and leaves of Tellima are said to be moderately toxic, resulting in severe stomach upsets for humans.  We do not know the effect of this plant on tortoises, and have not yet discovered what the toxic principle is, so we advise that you err on the side of caution and do not feed any part of this plant.

Although in Britain it is mainly grown in the garden, there are some in the wild, and it is a wild flower in North America.  

Most flowers are a cream or pale green colour, some varieties have pink flowers, and the green or cream flowers often take on a pink tinge when mature.
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