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Tiarella cordifolia - heartleaved foamflower

Tiarella cordifolia ©Susanna

Heartleaved foamflower with white flowers resembles the inflorescence of native False Lily of the Valley (Maianthemum bifolium) and is an excellent ground-cover for the partial shade and moist place with lacy flowers that rise above the leaves. It spreads easily with runners but not until a nuisance. It is also easy to increase from the runners.

The leaves are bright green and slightly angular heart-shaped. They are semi evergreen and they get reddish winter color. There are many cultivars of the heartleaved foamflower that have different, especially red-veined, leaf forms.

Heartleaved foamflower is native in North America where it can form large covers in mountain forests with spotted geranium (Geranium maculatum) and wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata). Heartleaved foamflower is related to coral bells (Heuchera) and their intergeneric hybrids are called foamy bells ( × Heucherella).