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Foam flower

Tiarella 'Starfish'

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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 CharacteristicsTiarellas 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.

CareProvide moist, rich soil in part or full shade.

PropagationDivide the rhizomes in spring.

ProblemsRust, powdery mildew, slugs, weevils

  • Genus : Tiarella
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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