Eastern foam flower

Tiarella cordifolia

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Eastern foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia)
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Genus:  Tiarella
This native North American species has pale green heart-shaped leaves which develop bronze highlights in the autumn. In summer, it produces a profusion of starry white flowers on 4- to 12-inch spikes. It self-sows freely.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Tiarellas are at home in moist woodland environments. In the garden they make wonderful carpets of intricate leaves in a variety of shapes and with distinct markings. For a long period from spring into summer, the profusion of foamy flowers can be appreciated up close or from a distance. Grow eastern foam flower as a groundcover or edger in a shady border or woodland garden. It is a great foil to early spring bulbs.
Care:  Provide moist, rich soil in part to full shade.
Propagation:  Sow seed as soon as ripe or in a cold frame in the spring. Divide the rhizomes in spring.
Problems:  Rust, powdery mildew, slugs, weevils

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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