- Common Name(s):
- False miterwort, Foamflower
- Groundcover, Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Not drought tolerant; spreads by short rhizomes. Foamflower is a small, delicate native species which is grown in gardens for its neat, interesting foliage and small spikes of creamy white flowers. Foamflower can be used as a groundcover, as it spreads by underground rhizomes. A similar hybrid, Wherry's foamflower, forms clumps and does not spread by rhizomes. It spreads by slender runners to form colonies.
Foamflower is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 8 to 20 inches tall. The leaves are basal and maple-like. Dainty, white flowers appear on 6- to 8-inch spikes in early spring.
Regions: Mountains, Piedmont
Seasons of Interest:
Leaves: Spring/Summer/Fall; Blooms: Early Spring; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Spring
Wildlife Value: Moderately deer resistant. Flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
- 8 - 20 in.
- Flower Color:
- USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8
- 2 to 4 in. broad, long-stalked leaves; roundish to egg-shaped with heart-shaped base; three to seven shallow, sharply toothed lobes
- Narrow cluster of small white flowers on the upper portion of a leafless stalk floating above the leaves; five small petals that taper into stalked bases;
- Rich, well-drained soil; shade
- division in spring, seed sown spring
- full shade
- moist, cool soil
- Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
- North America, North Carolina
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- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 371