A genus containing a single species, D. peltata, which is native to southwestern Oregon and the mountains of northern California. Its thick rhizomes produce dramatic mounds of broad, round, lobed leaves 10-12in across that resemble umbrellas turned inside out by a stiff gust of wind. In fall, they turn a spectacular shade of red. The pale pink, star-shaped flowers, borne in clusters on branching stems, emerge before the leaves in early spring and put on a display that is as curious as it is attractive and will leave your gardening friends scratching their heads. Darmera can grow in full sun if its feet stay wet, but in average garden soil, partial shade suits it better. Think of it as a highly distinctive alternative to Hostas and you'll be on the right track. Please note: Darmera is not well suited to growing conditions in the Deep South or the desert Southwest.
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WhiteRabbitRage from Lake Forest Park, WA
I live in the Pacific Northwest. Hostas and Ferns grow rampant in my garden. This plant should have done well. What arrived in the mail was a tiny piece of root that resembled a Bean Sprout. A month after planting it sent up a single dime sized leaf.The leaf lasted 2 days. The plant never grew.I paid [$] for a Bean Sprout!
Miki from Brookfield, WI
I had two send up the early flowers, get a leaf and then expire. They were replaced. I never did get satisfactory growth even after choosing another semi-shady spot. I have one left with two leaves one of which died. I think this plant wants something like the Pacific Northwest. It doesn't do well for me in the Midwest. They get average water and attention but still does not thrive.
Susan D from Brookline, NH (zone 5b)
Just planted a very good size and healthy looking root/tuber that has three buds forming. It is planted 1" deep, top dressed w/well aged compost in a part sun location that will recieve regular watering. Have seen pictures of this plant thriving northwest of here in VT so I have high hopes for it here in zone 5b.
A viewer from Minnesota
I am not sure where I bought my plant but I love it! I have clay soil but heavily amend it with leaves and compost. My plant grows on the east side and gets a good amount of sun. It will wilt if I don't water it in the heat of summer. The flowers are lovely and come up in spring about the same time as the magnolias. This plant is worth a try for the lovely foliage.
Latin Name Pronunciation: dar-mer'uh
Darmera peltata(once known as Peltiphyllum) is native to southwestern Oregon and the mountains of northern California. Its thick rhizomes produce dramatic mounds of broad, round, lobed leaves 10-12in across that resemble umbrellas turned inside. In fall, they turn a spectacular shade of red. The pale pink, star-shaped flowers, borne in clusters on branching stems, emerge before the leaves in early spring. The large leaves are a complement to Hosta, and the lacy foliage of Ferns or Astilbes.
In average garden soil, Darmera requires partial shade; in wet soil, it tolerates full sun. Plants won't tolerate standing water. Darmera needs full shade—no matter the moisture content of the soil—if it is to survive in the South. Plants are not well suited to Zones 8-10 in the deep South or to the desert Southwest.
Slugs and snails may chew holes in leaves, and are about the only problem gardeners seem to find with this handsome plant.
HOW CAN I CONTROL SLUGS IN MY GARDEN?
Set out shallow bowls of beer (any inexpensive brand is effective) to catch and drown slugs and snails. Empty the bowls frequently. Thin strips of copper seem to create an effective barrier when wrapped around the bottom of plant pots or formed into a collar on the ground around favorite plants. You might also try using diatomaceous earth (DE) as a barrier. (DE is available at many garden centers; it's important to use pesticide formulations, not the form sold for swimming pool filtration.) In the South, mulching with Zoysia clippings also deters slugs.