Running Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia

Running Foamflower

Tiarella cordifolia

Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Late spring/Early Summer
Zones: 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Medium
Color: Pink, White
Fragrance: No
Height: .75-1 foot
Spacing: 1-2 feet


Running Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia, is clump-forming perennial which spreads rapidly by runners (stolons) to form dense, 1-2 feet wide clumps of foliage. Semi-glossy, heart-shaped, 3-5 lobed leaves (4 inches across) rise directly from the stolons. Leaves may have reddish variegation along the veins. Foliage is evergreen in mild winters, often turning reddish bronze in autumn and winter. Tiny, white flowers with very long stamens (foamy texture of stamens results in the common name) appear in airy racemes in spring for about 6 weeks on numerous, erect, wiry, mostly leafless flower stems which rise well above the foliage clump to a height of 10-12 inches. Flower buds are pinkish.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers humusy, organically rich, moisture-retentive soils., Removal of flower spikes after bloom will improve the appearance of the foliage mound. Foliage is semi-evergreen in the where the amount of retained foliage color in winter, if any, is in large part dependent upon the severity of the temperatures.

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Can be massed to form an attractive ground cover.
  Soil should not be allowed to dry out.
  Wet soils, particularly in winter, can be fatal.
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