- Foam Flower-Tiarella cordifolia Hardy Planting Zones- 4-8 Sun or Shade – Partial Sun to Full Shade Mature Height - 12-18" Mature Width- 12-18" Bloom Season – Spring (May-June) Gardener Status- Beginner
Foam Flower - Tiarella cordifolia
Foamflower is a perennial that is often used as part of the design in a shade garden or naturalistic area of a landscape. One feature that makes it a viable choice for a nature area is that it is a plant the deer or rabbit are not usually attracted to. It is a low-maintenance, fast-growing plant. This flower spreads by rhizomes or runners that can quickly develop into dense patches of lush greenery. It is essential that the area where it is planted receive good drainage. This type of flower cannot endure excessively wet soil. Because of their spreading characteristic, flowers should be spaced 12” apart. The leaves of these flowers can be described as visually similar to the shape of a maple leaf or heart-shaped in design. The leaves can extend up to 4” in width. They feature thick red veins that create exciting designs on the foliage. To gain the maximum amount of showiness from the leaf, the flowers need to be planted in an area where they receive partial sunlight. Excessive shade will result in less intensity of the blotching which is a distinctive and attractive feature of these flowers. In areas with mild winter temperatures, the leaves of the foam flower remain green. In some areas, the leaves may become a display of reddish-orange or intense bronze hues in autumn and winter. Foamflower buds are light pink. In spring, tiny, white or bright pink flowers appear and endure for about six weeks. True to their name, the long stamens of this flower are foamy in texture.