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Running Tapestry Foamflower
Tiarella cordifolia 'Running Tapestry'
Running Tapestry Foamflower foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 15 inches
Spacing: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
An amazing variety with its profusion of white flowers in spring, and charming heart shaped leaves that are marked with a thick black band on the veins; wonderful as a shaded groundcover, or weaving with other plants in a container
Running Tapestry Foamflower has masses of beautiful racemes of lightly-scented white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive black veins throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The dark red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.
Running Tapestry Foamflower is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Running Tapestry Foamflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Running Tapestry Foamflower will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Running Tapestry Foamflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.