Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), also known as Heartleaf Foamflower, is a flower of rich woods in the eastern part of North America. I have been seeing it in bloom in several of my favorite hiking places over the last week or so.
Native Americans made a leaf tea from Foamflower to treat mouth sores and eye ailments, as the leaves contain tannins – a natural astringent. (source)
Foamflowers are in the Saxifrage family which contains over 700 species. Sometimes their leaves persist through the winter. Here’s a photo from last January:
How about you? Have you seen Foamflower blooming where you live? Apparently this plant is a favorite groundcover for shade gardens… Do you have any tucked away in one of your gardens?