Foamflower

FoamflowerHow odd to think that this flower is listed as endangered in New Jersey and Wisconsin.  It grows in great profusion around here!

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)

Foamflower PatchFoamflowers produce seeds, of course.  They can also spread by rhizomes, so it is not unusual to find large colonies.

foamflower range map

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:

Foamflower Leaves

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?


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