Tiarella cordifolia var. collina ‘Spring Symphony’ – Foamflower – 1-Pint


Charming clumping shade perennial that grows in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers woodland soil where leaves have broken down. Soil should not be allowed to dry out, but also not pool water. Foliage is semi-evergreen if it doesn’t get too cold. Mix in with woodland phlox, native woodland poppy, Jack in the Pulpit, Trillium, Crested Iris and other shade loving plants.


Saxifrage family, Saxifragaceae

There are two varieties of foamflower in the Eastern United States – var. cordifolia, which occurs in the Catskills and is a running form, producing above ground stolons and slowly forming a groundcover, and var. collina, which occurs from Maryland to Kentucky south to Mississippi and Georgia and is a clumping form. T. cordifolia var. collina is often also listed as T. wherryi in horticulture though that is simply a botanical synonym not a different species.

We generally assign clumping horticultural forms to T. cordifolia var. collina and running horticultural forms to T. cordifolia var. cordifolia, though not all horticultural varieties are straight species and may be hybrids between the two – a western species, T. trifoliata, may also be involved in the parentage of many cultivars.

Updated 12 April 2023