Darmera peltata ‘Nana’

dwarf umbrella plant

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Darmera peltata 'Nana' is a perennial reaches two-feet in height. It has small pink-to-white flowers in rounded clusters which appear atop thick hairy stems in early spring before the foliage. Large rounded medium-green leaves that can reach 14-inches in size emerge after the plant has bloomed. Leaves are peltate (as the species name suggests)... meaning that each leaf arises from the rhizome on a long petiole which attaches to the center of the leaf, thus creating a large leaf cup. Upward facing leaves typically collect and hold small pools of rain water. The common name is in reference to either the umbrella-like flower clusters or the inside-out-umbrella-like appearance of the leaves or both. This is a smaller form of the species and as such is easier to use in smaller landscapes. The bold foliage definitely attracts attention and looks great when combined with ferns, hostas, grasses and Solomon's seal. Darmera peltata 'Nana' attracts bees and butterflies, is good as a cut flower and has pleasant fall color.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, or dappled shade

Water Requirements: frequent or plant in constantly moist or wet soil

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Dwarf umbrella plant grows best in moist or wet soil in light to dappled shade. With adequate moisture it will tolerate clay. In brighter conditions make sure that the plant receives sufficient water or the margins of the leaves will scorch. It will do well as a container plant in shady conditions.