Foamflower (Tiarell cordifolia)
Foamflower (Tiarell cordifolia)
Foamflowers are wonderful for woodland gardens where their light, fuzzy flower stalks provide interest for a long time beginning in mid spring, and their evergreen foliage is handsome in all seasons. The plants form clumps of sharp lobed, heart shaped leaves that go from medium green in spring to reddish bronze or purple in the fall. They are excellent ground covers or edgings. Keep them moist and they will thrive even in some sun.

Type: Herbaceous perennial.

Bloom: Mid spring.

Size: 6”-12”.

Light: Shade to some sun if kept well watered.

Soil: Fertile, moist soil high in organic mater; 6.1 t0 7.5 ( mildly acid to neutral).

Fertilizer: Mulch with organic matter in spring

Hardiness: Zone 3-9.

Care: Easy care; water in dry spells; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and add nutrients.

Pests and Diseases: None significant,

Propagation: Propagation by runners in spring or fall.

Companion plants: Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica; Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) or other ferns, Japanese woodland primrose (Primula kisoana), Trillium, fern leaf bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia).

Outstanding Selections: T. cordifolia ‘Major’ (salmon red or wine colored flowers), ‘Marmorata’ (maroon flowers and bronze leaves that turn purple in winter), ‘Purpurea’ (purple flowers).

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By Karen

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