Description: Creamy white spikes of tiny flowers cover the plant in spring; 3-5 lobed, soft olive green foliage often turns a reddish bronze and persists through winter
Habit: Forms a mound 6 to 12 inches high and 12 inches wide.
Culture: Prefers part shade and moist acid soils, with plenty of organic matter; benefits from yearly mulch
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zones 4 through 8
This is a choice native perennial groundcover for shaded sites. It occurs naturally in rich woods from Canada to parts of North Carolina and Tennessee. Foamflower was introduced into Britain in 1731; however, references to it being grown in American gardens did not appear before the nineteenth century. Boston seedsman and garden writer, Joseph Breck recommended its use as an ornamental flower by the mid-1800s. This plant is not attractive to rabbits or deer.
This plant will ship bare root. Grade: #1 zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.