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Tiarella cordifolia

Foam flower

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


Tiarella cordifolia

Plant details

Tiarella has matt leaves similar in shape to those of heuchera, except that, unlike heuchera, they are evergreen. They are often spotted or patterned with mahogany blotches and, in autumn, take on bronze-red tints. In late spring and early summer, short upright spikes of foamy flowers are held just above the foliage. Plants look best grown as ground cover in shady wild and woodland gardens, or in shady borders planted with hardy ferns and hostas. They tolerate deep shade and prefers moist but well-drained soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit in recognition of its outstanding excellence.

Family: Saxifragaceae

Genus: Tiarella

Species: cordifolia

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Purple, Light green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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