Tiarella cordifolia var. collina
Tiarella cordifolia L. var. collina Wherry
Heartleaf Foamflower, Wherry's Foamflower
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
Synonym(s): Tiarella wherryi
USDA Symbol: TICOC
This lovely, low-growing plant of Eastern forests, formerly known as Tiarella wherryi and still often sold in nurseries as Wherry's Foamflower, has lovely purple-and-green leaves that turn a burgundy in the fall. Its fuzzy leaves and spring stalks of ethereal white flowers make it a welcome addition to the eastern woodland garden or shady flowerbed. It is well behaved and won't colonize but can be massed in drifts to provide herb-layer cover in the shade. Though normally deciduous, it can be evergreen if protected from north winds through the winter.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Pubescence: Puberulent
Size Notes: Foliage to 6 inches. Bloom stalks to 20 inches.
Leaf: Green with purple accents. Burgundy in winter.
Autumn Foliage: yes
Flower: Flowers in 1 to 6 inch flower spikes
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AL , MS , NC , SC
Native Distribution: Eastern North America, Zones 5 to 7
Native Habitat: Rich, mesic woodlands
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rich, moist, acidic, woodland soils and moist granite outcrops
Conditions Comments: Does not tolerate flooding.
BenefitUse Ornamental: A fine, deciduous, herb-layer plant for the Southeastern woodland or shady flower garden.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, PA
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Tiarella cordifolia var. collina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tiarella cordifolia var. collina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tiarella cordifolia var. collina
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: DEW