FOAM FLOWER

Tiarella cordifolia

Foam Flower, Tiarella cordifolia  is a clump-forming perennial which spreads rapidly to form dense semi-glossy, heart-shaped, sometimes variegated foliage. Foliage is evergreen in mild winters and in the southern part of its range, although it often turns reddish-bronze in autumn and winter. This plant’s name comes from its tiny white flowers with long foamy looking stamens on airy racemes in spring on wiry, mostly leafless flower stems. This is a good early season food source for pollinators. It’s also both deer and rabbit tolerant and coupled with negligible insect or disease problems, foamflower is a low maintenance addition to any garden. They are lovely in shaded rock gardens, borders, iver problems but  plantings, in massed ground cover, or along stream banks. Prefers well draining soil rich in organic matter. Needs regular watering but no wet feet.

Medicinal uses include not only treatment for bladder and liver problems but also indigestion and dyspepsia.

 

SPECS: Genus: Tiarella; Species: Cordifolia; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Mesic (middle); Height: 1′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Time: May — June; Bloom Color: Pink, White; Advantages: Low maintenance, Medicinal uses, Pollinator conservation, Pollinators; USDA Zone: 3 — 8; Attracts: Beneficial insects; Tolerant: Clay, Wet soils; Plant Community: Goes well when planted with Maidenhair ferns or fringed Bleeding heart. Bloodroot achieve an alternative look.;