Foam Flower

$999

Foam Flower

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Foam Flower is a genus of plants in the family Saxifragaceae, native to eastern North America and parts of Asia. It is an herbaceous perennial that typically grows in clumps. It has attractive foliage and delicate white or pink flowers that blossom in the spring.

The name comes from the frothy appearance of the flowers, which resemble foam or froth. The flowers are on tall, slender stalks above the foliage, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

They prefer moist, well-drained soil and partial to full shade. They are often used in woodland gardens, rock gardens, and ground covers. The foliage can vary in shape and color, depending on the species, but is generally lobed or toothed and shades of green or bronze.

Some popular species include Tiarella cordifolia, Tiarella wherryi, and Tiarella 'Spring Symphony.' They are generally low-maintenance plants that require little care, although they may benefit from occasional pruning to encourage new growth and prevent overcrowding.

  1. Ornamental value: They are prized for their delicate, frothy flowers and attractive foliage. It can add a touch of beauty to any garden or landscape.
  2. Wildlife habitat: They attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which can help to support local ecosystems and promote biodiversity.
  3. Ground cover: They can be used as ground cover, helping to control erosion and prevent weed growth. Their low-growing habit and ability to spread make them a popular choice for shady areas.
  4. Medicinal properties: Some species, such as Tiarella polyphylla, have been used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments, including headaches, fever, and coughs.
  5. Low maintenance: It is a relatively low-maintenance plant, requiring little care once established. It tolerates various soil types and can thrive in partial to full shade.

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A member of the saxifrage family, Foam Flower delights with its maple-like leaves and small white or pink flowers borne in long, terminal clusters. The plant can grow 3/4 of a foot to one foot high and one to two feet wide, forms clumps, and propagates by runners.


Eventually, Foam Flower forms gorgeous colonies. The somewhat glossy green leaves rise directly from these runners. They may have attractive red veins, three to five lobes, and be sharply toothed. The flower unfurls from pink buds and gets its common name because it has unusually long stamens and a foamy texture. Its botanical name,

Tiarella cordifolia comes from the shape of the pistil, which resembles the tiara worn by the ancient Persians. Cordifolia refers to the heart shape of the leaf. The foamflower is a plant used to beautify those challenging areas in the garden that get part to full shade.

It only needs a medium amount of water and is easy to care for. It is an evergreen in the southern part of its range whose leaves turn coppery-colored in the fall and winter. Native to Nova Scotia and south and west to Tennessee and Michigan, it does best in hardiness zones 4 to 9.

Growing in soil rich with humus and moist but well-drained soil is easy. The gardener shouldn’t allow the soil to dry out all the way but should be careful not to let it get too wet. The plant should be dead-headed after the flowers bloom, for this brings out the beauty of the foliage.

Foam Flower is an excellent plant for woodland and rock gardens, the front of borders, or areas along the banks of streams. Its best use is as a ground cover for shady areas; some gardeners allow it to naturalize around the garden.

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