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Tiarella cordifolia

Common Name(s):
False miterwort, Foamflower
Categories:
Groundcover, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

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. Spreads by slender runners to form colonies.

Season:
Spring
Height:
6-12 in.
Flower Color:
white
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8
Foliage:
2 to 4 in. broad, long-stalked leaves; roundish to egg-shaped with heart-shaped base; three to seven shallow, sharply toothed lobes
Flower:
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;
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Rich, well-drained soil; partial shade to shade
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Compact
Propagation:
division in spring, seed sown spring
Exposure:
partial to full shade
Soil:
moist, cool soil
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
North America, North Carolina
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
white, deciduous, wildflower, shade, perennial, groundcover, partial shade, spring

NCCES plant id: 371

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Tiarella cordifolia leaves and flowers
Photo by Tom Potterfiled, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
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Photo by Stevbach1, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Tiarella cordifolia Tiarella cordifolia flower detail
Photo by Lindley Ashline, CC BY-NC-2.0