Plants and their People pt.2 – Tolmiea menziesii (now Micranthes tolmiei)
Tolmiea menziesii (now Micranthes tolmiei)
An evergreen herbaceous native also brought into cultivation by Archibald Menzies. William Fraser Tolmie was from Scotland and worked for Hudson’s Bay Co as a surgeon and botanist who also traded in furs and politics. Tolmie was the commander at Fort Nisqually from 1843- 1859 before moving up to Fort Victoria with his family. A common name is piggy-back plant; look for small plantlets developing on the leaf surface that will root as the leaves touch the ground.