Tiarella cordifolia ‘Sherry Kitto’ Diva-rella™ PPAF

A cloud of pink and white blooms.

Size 6-8" tall by 18-24" 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 moist shade, shady slopes, stream banks, shade containers, shade hanging baskets.
Market appeal / Uniqueness Tons of blooms with a bright pink hue contrast nicely with the deep, olive green foliage of this clumping super-diva.
Propagation Methods tissue culture, divisions
Bloom Time April-May

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

A new line of clumping, heat tolerant; Baltimore, Wilmington, Washington, D.C.and Philadelphia (and anywhere else) humidity tolerant line of truly NATIVE tiarellas (foam flowers). Giving each homeowner a little piece of easy ecology for their backyard. Foam flowers are food for honey bees, they preserve water because they are drought tolerant – especially if they are bred with only East Coast native species, and they control erosion on hard to landscape areas. And let’s not forget their bounty of blooms in early Spring, followed by handsome foliage all summer long and often fiery-red or golden-amber winter colors.

Sherry Kitto is a professor at the University of Delaware who pioneer tissue culture techniques for some endangered native plants.  Her perseverance and love of her job have made her famous in the nursery industry and with conservationists trying to preserve those endangered plants.

This new tiarella has amazingly tough, leathery foliage in a dusky olive green with deep purple markings.  The foliage is deeply lobed and compact, making a nice clump in the garden. The deep punk buds open to bright with bottle brush blooms with a pink  blush that stays with the flowers as they age.  Up to 150 flower stalks have been counted on mature clumps in trial gardens.  This is one amazingly flower-full foam flower with blooms that feed up to 9 species of bees with their nectar. Foam flowers are one of the earliest sources of bee nectar in most of the north eastern US states.