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Tiarella cordifolia

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, sand

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: April, May, June, July

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, creeping, fall interest, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower)
  • Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower)
  • Flower of Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower)
  • Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower)
  • Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower)

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Description

Tiarella cordifolia

Also known as:

heartleaf foamflower

,

foamflower

,

heart-leaved foamflower

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

A medium height groundcover, the leaves of the foam flower closely resemble those of the Heuchera to which it is related. Delicate, star-shaped flowers cluster on 12" tall racemes, giving them a feathery or "foam" like appearance.

Cultivation

Tiarella cordifolia is a very adaptable plant. Ideal for shade gardens, it can withstand part to full sun if the soil is kept consistently moist. It is non-invasive, yet will easily spread by stolons to form dense colonies. The flowers are persistent, lasting up to 6 weeks in late spring to early summer: April to July. Zones 3-7

Propagation

Best propagated by division in spring or fall. Easy to propagate from seed without particular preparation, but new plants are slow to mature.

Additional Notes

Great for shade gardens and margins, the foam flower also has good fall interest when its leaves will turn to bronze. In warmer areas it will retain its leaves throughout winter.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NJ, WI

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Saxifragaceae Saxifrage family
Genus Tiarella foamflower
Species Tiarella cordifolia heartleaf foamflower