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 CharacteristicsTiarellas 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.
CareProvide moist, rich soil in part to 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
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring
- Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Pink, White
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest