FOAMFLOWER

FAMILY: Saxifragaceae | GENUS: TIARELLA

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Clump-forming plants to about 112 feet tall (in bloom) and 1122 feet wide; spread by rhizomes (and by aboveground runners, in the case of Tiarella cordifolia). Leaves arise directly from rhizomes; they are evergreen but may change color in autumn. Selections with year-round colorful foliage are popular; look for new intro- ductions in addition to those described below. Narrow, erect flower stems carry many small white or pink flowers. Useful in shady rock gardens; make pretty ground covers but will not bear foot traffic. Deer resistant.

foamflower

tiarella cordifolia

  • Rapid spreader from eastern North America.
  • Light green, lobed, 4 inches leaves show red and yellow fall color.
  • Creamy white flowers on foot-tall stalks.
  • Leaves of 'Eco Red Heart' have dark red centers and veins; those of 'Oakleaf' are deeply lobed.
  • Both selections have pink blossoms.

tiarella selections and hybrids

  • Many of the choicest foamflowers are of uncertain origin.

Butterfly Wings

  • Light green leaves have centers heavily splashed with purplish black.
  • Light pink flowers.

Crow Feather

  • Deeply cut, bright green leaves with dark veins.
  • Leaves color up well in winter in shades of pink, red, and darkest purple.
  • Light pink flowers.

Cygnet

  • Star-shaped leaves with purple markings along the veins.
  • White flowers open from pink buds.

Happy Trails

  • Round-lobed leaves are medium green with deep brown veins.
  • Trailing habit; nice choice for spilling over container edges.
  • Short white flowers.

Mint Chocolate

  • Deeply lobed leaves have a central zone of deep brownish purple.
  • Pinkish white flowers.

Neon Lights

  • Large, deeply cut leaves are bright green with a burgundy central zone.
  • Pale pink flowers.

Ninja

  • Deeply cut leaves are marbled with blackish purple, turning almost entirely purple in winter.
  • Pinkish white blooms.

'Pink Skyrocket. Deeply cut green leaves have deep red veins. Profuse show of large pink flowers.

Skeleton Key

  • Very deeply cut leaves with deep purple midrib.
  • White blossoms.

Spring Symphony

  • Green leaves with a central black blotch; pink flowers.
  • Tolerates heat and humidity.

Sugar and Spice

  • Glossy, bright green leaves are deeply cut and heavily marked with maroon.
  • White flowers open from pink buds.

tiarella wherryi

  • From southeastern U.S. Like Tiarella cordifolia but lacks aboveground runners, is slower to spread.
  • Flower clusters are somewhat more slender, often tinged pink.
  • Heronswood Mist has leaves heavily marbled and blotched with creamy white; pink stems hold light pink flowers.

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