Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: April 2, 2009
Species Native Range: Eastern U.S. & Canada
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-9
Mature Size: 12 inches tall & wide
Exposure: Partial to full shade
Soil: Moist, high in organic material
Drought Tolerance: Good
Ease of Culture: Easy
Foam flower is a semi-evergreen perennial commonly found in moist woods and along streams throughout the eastern
United States. In spring, 12-inch spikes are topped with "foamy" whitish-pink slightly frangrant flowers. After the
flowers fade, the deeply lobed, occasionally variegated foliage remains handsome through the rest of the season.
Thanks to the efforts of plant breeders and horticulturists, especially
Dr. Allan Armitage at UGA, many wonderful cultivars
of this plant are available in retail nurseries.
Plant foam flower in partial to full shade in soil that is high in organic matter, moist but well-drained. Because of
the small stature of this plant, put it at the front of woodland/shade beds or along paths. Remove the older
leaves in the early spring just as the new growth is emerging. Fertilize in the spring with a slow-release organic
Good companion plants include native azaleas, woodland phlox, Virgnia bluebells and other early-blooming,
shade-loving plants. Please see the related article
"Native Spring Wildflowers"
for a list of other companion plants.
Foam flower is readily available from most retail nurseries, especially in the spring. Please support your locally-owned nurseries.
the Georgia Native Plant Society will be holding its annual
native plant sale on Saturday, April 25 from 10AM until 2PM at
Stone Mountain Park.
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