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Tiarella cordifolia

Heartleaf foamflower, Heart-leaf foamflower

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Tiarella cordifolia (Heartleaf foamflower)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Long, slender stamens give heart-leaf foamflower’s spikes of white flowers a frothy appearance. The small, star-shaped flowers occur in compact racemes on 6-12 in. stalks rising above a mound of attractive, lobed leaves. The flower stalk lacks leaves in the northeastern part of the plant’s range, but bears heart-shaped leaves in the South. Mature plants send out runners, creating sizeable colonies with time. This is a perennial plant. Small, white flowers are in a feathery, somewhat elongated, terminal cluster.

This attractive wildflower, which spreads by underground stems, forms colonies, and makes excellent groundcover for shady, wooded sites. The tiny flowers and fine texture of the stamens resemble foam and account for the common name. The genus name is from the Greek tiara, designating a turban once worn by the Persians, and refers to the shape of the pistil.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , CT , GA , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MS , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI
Canada: NB , NS , ON , QC
Native Distribution: N.B. to s. Ont. & MI, s. to GA & MS
Native Habitat: Cool, moist, deciduous woods; stream banks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained, humus-rich soils.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2013-09-09