Maryland Native Plants for Spring

Tiarella cordifolia

Tiarella cordifolia, Foamflower

Tiarella cordifolia, Foamflower, is quick-spreading, clumping perennial that makes a great ground cover.  Airy, tiny white flowers situated on ling stamens appear in spring.  The foliage remains green  throughout spring and summer when it may turn to a reddish-bronze color in the fall and winter months.  Tiarella cordifolia prefers well-drained soils and part to full shade and has proven to be rabbit and deer-resistant.

LGS Notes:

I used Tiarella cordifolia in my shady container garden at my home.  The softness of the flowers are a lovely touch and look stunning blowing in the breeze, also making it nice for mass plantings.  Coupling it with my ‘Berry Smoothie’ Heuchera really brings out the pink in the the flowers.  -Chrissie

Tiarella is a great groundcover for shady areas.  It offers so much in terms of texture with its airy flowers and lobed leaves.  It fills in gaps between other plants, spreading readily but not aggressively.  It’s a must-have in my own garden and I incorporate it into client designs as often as I can! – Amy

I love using Tiarella in my shady garden beds. Mixing it with ferns, coral bells, and wintergreen makes a beautiful combination for multi-season interest. -Jessica


Latin Name: Tiarella cordifolia
Common Name: foamflower
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Saxifragaceae
Native Range: Nova Scotia, Appalachian Mountains to Alabama West to Minnesota
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White or pink
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)