Tiarella “Iron Butterfly”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Foamflower
Grow Zone - 4 to 9
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Familial- Saxifragaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 0.5 to 1.5 ft.
Span- 0.5 to 1 ft.
Coloring- White
Shade/Light- Part shade to full shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers humusy, organically rich, dampure-retentive soils. Soil should not be allowed to arid out. Wet soils, particularly in winter, can be fatal, however. Removal of flower spikes after bloom will improve the appearance of the foliage mound. Foliage is semi-evergreen in the St. Louis area where the amount of retained foliage color in winter, if any, is in large part dependent upon the severity of the temperatures. Plant Patent Applied For (PPAF).
“Iron Butterfly” is a rhizomatous, clump-forming foamflower hybrid which is noted for its attractive foliage and its spires of white flowers in spring. It forms a basal foliage mound of palmate, deeply cut, dark green leaves with black center blotches and black striping along the mid-veins of the finger-like lobes. Foliage mound typically grows 6-8’ tall and 11 inch wide. White flowers bloom in spring in bottle-brush-like racemes atop erect, wiry, mostly leafless stems which rise above the foliage mound to a height of 16’. Tiarella is in the same family as and somewhat suggestive of Heuchera, Tellima and Mitella. Tiarella is often commonly called false miterwort because of its similarity to Mitella (miterwort).
No serious insect or disease problems.
Common Applications-
Shaded areas of rock gardens, woodland gardens, border fronts, naturalized plantings or damp areas along streams or ponds. Mass for an attractive ground cover.

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