Darmera peltata

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Wet / Boggy
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Overview

An exotic looking, spectacular plant that brings to mind Wyndham's 'The Day of the Triffids'. Unusual as the flowers emerge on tall, naked stems, before the leaves appear. Later, the plant rewards again as the foliage turns pinky-purple in autumn.

Pale-pink flowers top eye-catching stems from March to June. The foliage follows, getting bigger each day, eventually forming large, cup-shaped leaves that lend a tropical feel to the garden. 

Found on the banks of woodland streams in Western USA, Darmera likes wet soil so it works well next to a stream or pond margin. However, in the wetter UK climate, it is happy in any soil that doesn't dry out for too long a period.

Height and Spread: 1m x 1m

Common name(s): Indian Rhubarb, Big Cups, Umbrella Plant

Picture 1: User:Jasper33 [Public domain]

Picture 2 & 3 courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.