Native Plant of the Week: Foam Flower

Name: Tiarella cordifolia - Foam Flower

Family: Saxafragaceae


Bloom Time: May


Flower: Blush or White


Soil Condition: Moist, Average, Dry, Well Drained, Acidic, Rich


Light: Partial Shade, Shade


Height: 8-12" tall by 12-24" wide


Native Range: Eastern North America


Zone: 4 to 9


Tiarella cordifolia is a lovely semi-evergreen ground cover for shady areas. The glossy foliage varies greatly among the species. It may be solid green or have red/purple veining. Some plants may have heart-shaped leaves or deeply lobed leaves. The flowers are where the plant gets its common name, foamflower, as the stamens in flower give the plant a 'foamy' look. Flowers may be white or blush. In the fall the foliage turns a nice shade of reddish bronze and usually persists throughout the winter, depending on the severity of the season. Plants spread by runners and seed.


Notable Cultivars: 'Eco Running Tapestry' and 'Brandywine'


Maintenance: deadhead to encourage new flowers


Benefits: clay tolerant, drought tolerant, moderately deer and rabbit resistant, early pollinators, nectar source


Companion Plants: Iris cristata - Crested Iris, Carex appalachica - Appalachian Sedge, Aquilegia canadensis - Wild Columbine, Luzula acuminata - Hairy Woodrush, Athyrium filix-femina - Lady Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern


pics: KMS Native Plants LLC

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References:

1. https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=f990

2. http://www.newmoonnursery.com/plant/Tiarella-cordifolia


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