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Tiarella cordifolia is often confused with:
x Heucherella X Heucherella
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Viola sororia Viola papilionacea
Viola pubescens Form
Trillium erectum Flowers

Tiarella cordifolia

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Tiarella wherryi
Phonetic Spelling
tee-ah-REL-lah kor-dih-FOH-lee-ah
Description

Foamflower is a small, delicate native herbaceous perennial flower grown in gardens for its neat, interesting foliage and small spikes of creamy white flowers. Despite its slow growth rate, 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.  It is not tolerant to drought conditions. It is found naturally in moist forests, coves, and well-drained bottomlands. This plant was named the 1986 NC Wildflower of the Year.

Seasons of Interest: 

     Leaves: Spring/Summer/Fall; Blooms: Early Spring; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Spring

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Hydrangeas in the Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#white#deciduous#perennial#wildlife plant#moths#shade tolerant#nectar plant#NC native#rhizomes#native garden#dainty#groundcover#spring interest#pollinator plant#native wildflower#wildflower garden#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#coastal FAC#flies#butterfly friendly#Piedmont Mountains FACU#butterflies#pollinators#birds#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#white#deciduous#perennial#wildlife plant#moths#shade tolerant#nectar plant#NC native#rhizomes#native garden#dainty#groundcover#spring interest#pollinator plant#native wildflower#wildflower garden#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#coastal FAC#flies#butterfly friendly#Piedmont Mountains FACU#butterflies#pollinators#birds#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tiarella
    Species:
    cordifolia
    Family:
    Saxifragaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Nova Scotia, Appalachian Mountains to Alabama West to Minnesota
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Moderately deer resistant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 5 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are available May-June
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Narrow cluster of dainty small white-to-pink flowers on the upper portion of a leafless stalk floating above the leaves; five small petals that taper into stalked bases. Blooms in early spring (April-June)
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2" to 4" broad, long-stalked leaves; roundish to egg-shaped with heart-shaped base; three to seven shallow, sharply toothed lobes. Leaves are basal and resemble maple leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer