Tiarella cordifolia 'Octoraro' PPAF

The perfect native alternative to English ivy and periwinkle

Size 4-6″ tall by 24-36″ wide
USDA hardiness Zones 4(3)-9
Sun / Shade full to part shade
Soil average garden soil
Moisture would love to have moist, organic soil, but also grows well in dry soil with lots of rot competition.
Disease and Pests none known
Landscape use dry to moist shade, shady slopes, stream banks, shade containers, shade hanging baskets.
Propagation Methods tissue culture, vegetative cuttings
Bloom Time April to June

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

From the superior breeding genetics of Sinclair A. Adam, Jr. of Vermont Organics Reclamation we bring you Tiarella cordifolia ‘Octoraro’, another fine addition to The River Series of truly East Coast native foam flowers.

Octoraro is possibly the best ground cover of the series. Octoraro grows four to six inches tall and covers up to 24 inches of ground making it the perfect, native substitute for English ivy and periwinkle in dry or moderately wet shade. Thick flower stalks hold mauve-pink buds that open to creamy,
light pink blooms from early May to July.

The medium maroon markings become more pronounced as the foliage matures each season and the creamy light pink blooms emerge in late spring and continue well into summer.

Octoraro’s foliage remains semi-evergreen until March, when it is overgrown by new foliage. This selection works well as a ground cover beneath oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) and Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) in dry shade locations. Other, clumping foam flowers (Tiarella sp.), early spring bulbs, coral bells (Heuchera sp.), bleeding hearts (Dicentra sp.), summer blooming perennials and low growing, clumping grasses make interesting companion plants for this selection.

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