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Care of the plant Tiarella cordifolia or Heartleaf foamflower.

Care of the plant Tiarella cordifolia or Heartleaf foamflower

The genus Tiarella, family Saxifragaceae, comprises 60 species of perennial herbaceous plants native to North America and the Himalayas. Some species are: Tiarella cordifolia, Tiarella alternifolia, Tiarella trifoliata, Tiarella polyphylla.

Common names: Heartleaf foamflower, False miterwort, Coolwort, Allegheny foamflower, Heartleaved foamflower. This species is native to North America.

They are creeping plants that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. They have leaves similar to those of the genus Heuchera (there are hybrids called Heucherella). These leaves have long peduncles and can be simple or trifoliate. The small flowers appear in clusters and can be white or slightly pink. They bloom from late spring to early summer.

They are used for undergrowth under trees or large shrubs. They combine very well with other shade plants such as Anemone, Primula and Epimedium.

Tiarella cordifolia needs shade or semi-shade exposure. They resist frost.

The soil can be normal garden soil containing abundant organic matter.

Water frequently so that the soil is always moist (never watery). In Mediterranean climates you have to water more often in summer.

They do not need pruning but you have to control their growth because they quickly self-propagate.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated in late summer by division of the plant.

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Tiarella cordifolia
Tiarella cordifolia