Foam flower

Tiarella 'Starfish'

Photo/Illustration: 
Lee Anne White
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Foam flower (Tiarella 'Starfish')
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Genus:  Tiarella
A good choice for winter color, this clump-forming variety is often grown for its long lasting, pink-budded white flowers that appear in late spring on 12-inch spires. Its star-shaped leaves are marked with burgundy and, in mild climates, turn bronze in winter. Plants grow to about 1 foot tall and wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Tiarellas are at home in moist woodland environments. In the garden they make wonderful carpets of intricate leaves. For a long period from spring into summer, the profusion of foamy flowers can be appreciated up close or from a distance. Grow 'Starfish' 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 or 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
Late Spring
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden,
Shade
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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