- Pig A Back Plant aka Youth On Age Tolmiea menziesii
- The piggy-back plant is an attractive perennial with erect, hairy stems
arising to 80 cm in height from a basal cluster of hairy leaves atop a rhizome.
The basal leaves are simple with palmate venation with roughly a heart shape.
The margins are shallowly 5-7 lobed and coarsely toothed, often with smaller
teeth atop the larger ones. The leaves are born on 7-20 cm long petioles. The
stems contain 3-5 leaves of reduced size.
The inflorescence is an open raceme of brownish striped, tube-shaped flowers. The flowers may be up to 6 mm long. The tube-shaped calyx or sepals are green with purple or brown stripes. The petals are chocolate brown and thread-like. They are up to twice as long as the calyx lobes.
This plant gets its names as a result of their ability to reproduce vegetatively. Buds develop at the base of the leaf blades. The buds may form small plants, which if the leaf touches the ground, afford the plantlets an opportunity to root and become larger plants.