TREES & plants

Heart-leaved foamflower

This dainty perennial earns its name from the delicate clusters of white flowers that rise above the almost maple-like foliage.  This is a good plant for shady gardens.

Botanical name: 
Tiarella cordifolia
All Common Names: 
Heart-leaved foamflower, foamflower, foam flower
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Ground cover, 
  • Perennial
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • North America
Landscape Uses: 
  • Mixed border
Size Range: 
  • Small plant (6-12 inches), 
  • Low-growing plant (under 6 inches)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3, 
  • Zone 4, 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7, 
  • Zone 8
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: 
  • Mid spring, 
  • Late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Creeping
Growth Rate: 
  • Moderate
More Information: 


6 to 12 inches high and wide

Tree & Plant Care

Requires a shady, moist site

Avoid wet soils

Disease, pests, and problems

None serious

Native geographic location and habitat

Found in rich woods

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Lobed leaves (maple-like in shape) forming a low growing rosette

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small white flowers in clusters held on stalks above the leaves

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Dry fruit, inconspicuous



Tiarella cordifolia or Heart-leaved foamflower