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Tiarella cordifolia 'Running Tapestry' (foamflower)

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Tiarella cordifolia 'Running Tapestry'


A vigorous running groundcover with red speckled, deeply dissected heart shaped foliage, Tiarella 'Running Tapestry' produces a plethora of white flower spikes in spring. Discovered by Jim Plyler of Natural Landscapes Nursery, West Grove, PA, the irrepressible grower of native trees and shrubs. A Cornell University All Star Groundcover!

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10-12 Inches


12-18 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

foamflower Interesting Notes

A vigorous running groundcover with red speckled, deeply dissected maple-like foliage, Tiarella cordifolia ‘Running Tapestry’ produces a plethora of white flower spikes in spring. Discovered by Jim Plyler of Natural Landscapes Nursery in West Grove, PA, ‘Running Tapestry’ quickly runs over the ground as it spreads by strawberry-like stolons. After a frost, Tiarella cordifolia picks up a lovely burgundy tinge, adding multiple seasons of interest beyond its spring flowering.

Tiarella cordifolia is found in shaded forests, swamps, and wetland margins from Ontario to Minnesota to Tennessee to Georgia. The variant species Preferring consistently moist, humus-rich soil, foamflower does not like soil drying out or sitting in saturated soils during winter. With no serious pest or disease issues, T. cordifolia does best if planted en masse and spreads rapidly by runners.

Foamflower is a powerful and natural partner in a shade garden embracing spring ephemerals and graceful sedges. We love weaving it along border fronts, naturalistic plantings, shaded rock gardens, or in woodland gardens. A fresh groundcover, even as other items in the woodland garden begin to look tired in the summer, Tiarella cordifolia provides texture and color all year long. The foliage is astringent, usually deterring rabbits and deer from grazing unless they are extremely hungry. Early-season pollinators visit foamflower while other plants are still waking up in the spring. 

Tiarella cordifolia 'Running Tapestry' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tiarella 'Running Tapestry' prefers moist, rich, organic, well-drained soils in full to part shade. Do not let soil dry out. This foamflower is stoloniferous and quickly spreads. Makes an excellent groundcover or edging for shady or naturalized areas. Propogate by division in spring.

Good Substitutions

foamflower Tiarella cordifolia 'Brandywine'
foamflower Tiarella cordifolia
foamflower Tiarella 'Elizabeth Oliver'
foamflower Tiarella cordifolia var. collina 'Oakleaf'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative (FAC)
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Native to North America
Ornamental Foliage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type
Tissue culture