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Tiarella cordifolia – Foamflower

Tiarella cordifolia – Foamflower

Tiarella cordifolia, or Foamflower, is a delightful perennial that lights up the shade garden with its soft, frothy blooms in spring. This low-maintenance plant forms attractive mounds of green, heart-shaped leaves, often with beautiful marbling. Perfect for groundcover, border edges, or underplanting in woodland settings, Foamflower thrives in shady spots, offering a long-lasting display of white or pink flowers that attract pollinators. Its compact habit and easy care make it a favorite among gardeners looking to add texture and beauty to shaded areas.


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Additional information

Common Name

Foam Flower


Herbaceous Perennial



Native Range

Eastern North America


4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Height Range (ft.)

0.75 to 1.00

Spread (ft.)

1.00 to 2.00

Bloom Time


Bloom Description

Pink, White


Full Shade, Part Shade





Suggested Use

Groundcover, Naturalize


Deer, Rabbits




Good Fall

Product Description

Discover the enchanting Tiarella cordifolia, commonly known as Foamflower, a gem in the shade garden that brings an ethereal beauty to any landscape. This charming perennial is celebrated for its lush, heart-shaped foliage and delicate, airy flowers that resemble a foam of blooms in the spring.

Why Foamflower?

  • Shade Lover: Thrives in part to full shade, making it perfect for brightening up those difficult garden spots.
  • Pollinator Attraction: Its sweet-smelling flowers are a favorite of bees and butterflies, enhancing garden biodiversity.
  • Year-Round Interest: Beyond its spring blooms, Foamflower offers beautiful foliage throughout the growing season, with some varieties turning bronze or red in the fall.
  • Easy to Grow: Foamflower is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that requires little care once established, making it ideal for both novice and experienced gardeners.

Growing Foamflower

  • Sunlight and Shade: Prefers partial to full shade, with some morning sun tolerated.
  • Soil Requirements: Best in rich, well-drained soil that’s consistently moist.
  • Watering Needs: Keep soil evenly moist, especially in hotter, drier periods.
  • Spacing: Plant approximately 12 inches apart to allow for spreading.

Design Ideas with Foamflower

Foamflower’s versatility makes it a stunning addition to various garden designs. It’s particularly effective as a groundcover in woodland gardens, adding texture and interest under trees or in shady borders. Its compact growth habit also makes it suitable for rock gardens, along paths, or as a charming front-border highlight. Pair with other shade lovers like hostas, and heucheras for a layered, textured look.

Environmental and Aesthetic Benefits

In addition to its visual appeal, Foamflower plays an important role in supporting pollinators, offering food sources in early spring when other blooms may be scarce. Its dense growth can also help prevent soil erosion in shaded areas, contributing to a healthier garden ecosystem.

Enhance your garden with the subtle elegance of Tiarella cordifolia. Its easy-care nature, combined with its beauty and ecological benefits, makes Foamflower an exemplary choice for gardeners seeking to create a serene, shaded retreat filled with life and color.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.