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Eastern foam flower

Tiarella cordifolia

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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 CharacteristicsTiarellas 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.

CareProvide moist, rich soil in part to full shade.

PropagationSow seed as soon as ripe or in a cold frame in the spring. Divide the rhizomes in spring.

ProblemsRust, powdery mildew, slugs, weevils

  • Genus : Tiarella
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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