Foam flower

Tiarella 'Mint Chocolate'

Photo/Illustration: 
Dan Heims
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Foam flower (Tiarella 'Mint Chocolate')
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Genus:  Tiarella
This clump-forming variety has unusually long, maple-shaped leaves with a chocolate-colored overlay. It is topped in spring by 16-inch spires of pink buds which yield to wispy, starlike ivory flowers. Plants rebloom lightly, so they can flower from spring to mid-summer. 'Mint Chocolate' grows to about 16 inches tall and a foot wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Tiarellas are at home in moist woodland environments. In the garden they make wonderful carpets of intricate leaves. Grow 'Mint Chocolate' 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:  Divide the rhizomes in spring.
Problems:  Rust, powdery mildew, slugs, weevils.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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