Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1511

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in moist forests, cove forests, rock outcrops, well-drained bottomland forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Stoloniferous

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-5 lobed calyx with campanulate tube
5 petals

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Saxifragales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Tiarella cordifolia   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tiarella cordifolia   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Tiarella cordifolia

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 094-12-001a:
Tiarella cordifolia var. cordifolia   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Tiarella cordifolia var. collina

INCLUDING Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Tiarella cordifolia

INCLUDING Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Tiarella wherryi

 

COMMON NAME:
Heartleaf Foamflower


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image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_tico_001_lvd

        

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

Harry Davis    hld1511

March-April    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

Ben Geer Keys    bgk1511_a

April        

Flowers borne in a terminal raceme [thus mature from the bottom up], per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm0404h_31

April    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm0404t_20

April    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Leaves are deeply heart-shaped at the base & have 5-7 shallow lobes, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm0404v_12

April    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Rachis and pedicels glandular puberulent, pedicels 5-10mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm0404v_17

April    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Leaves of Tiarella usually longer than wide and lacking variegation, per Weakley's Flora (2020).


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Alumroot, Foamflower, and Miterwort

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm090405_039

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

T. wherryi (or var. collina) is alleged to lack stolons, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm200422_4045

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

Keith Bradley    kab_t_cordifolia_02869

April    Polk County    NC

Flowers have 10 conspicuously long stamens with apricot-colored anthers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

Keith Bradley    kab_t_cordifolia_5192

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_cordifolia_29

April        

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

Ron Lance    rwl_tiarella_cordifolia

April    Jackson County    NC

Basal leaves with a heart-shaped base and a long leaf stalk, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

Steve Marlow    snm090405_008

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

The flowering stalk is leafless, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm0305f_18

May    Greenville County    SC

Caesars Head State Park

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm0405f_26

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Var. collina is colonial, with plants connected by stolons, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm060521_182

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

Fruits are 2-valved capsules with persistent styles, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm070506_037

May    Gaston County    NC

Redlair Farms

Fruit a two-parted capsule, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Tiarella cordifolia, Heartleaf Foamflower

JK Marlow    jkm160502_017

May    Transylvania County    NC

One variety has stolons (aboveground horizontal stems), per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.