Growing Guide Darmera (Umbrella Plant)
Growing Darmera (Umbrella Plant)
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 shadeno matter the moisture content of the soilif 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.
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