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Tiarella spp.


Foamflower is a plant for all seasons. In spring, the charming flowers light up even places under pines in dry shade. Its evergreen lobed leaves, in a wide assortment of shapes, patterns, and markings, form healthy clumps that look good all growing season long. Use them at the front of borders as edgings or accents, or plant them close as groundcovers in lightly shaded woodland gardens. High-humus soils are excellent, but foamflower is easy to please.

Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
4-24 inches tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
6-12 inches wide, depending on variety
Flower Color:
White or pink flowers, depending on variety; variegated leaves depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms late spring to late summer, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Attracts Birds,Attracts Butterflies,Tolerates Wet Soil,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Tiarella 'Heronswood Mist') bears white- and pink-specked foliage on 15-inch-tall plants. Zones 4-8.
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(Tiarella 'Elizabeth Oliver') makes substantial low clumps of deeply lobed leaves streaked with red veining. Its spires of pink buds open blushing white. It grows 15 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.
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Plant It With

The lovely dark lavender flowers of 'Blue Dreams' are charming companions for foamflower in lightly shaded woodlands.

Japanese painted fern

The triangular fronds of Japanese painted fern, splashed with gray and red, show off well against foamflower foliage all season in light shade.

Solomon's seal

Edged and streaked with white, the glossy leaves of upright variegated Solomon's seal are attractive accents against clumps of foamflower in spring.

Virginia bluebells

With lovely foliage and pink flower buds that open to clear blue bells, Virginia bluebells makes a stunning, if short-lived picture with foamflower.