Adirondack Wildflowers:  Foamflower in bloom at the Paul Smiths VIC

Adirondack Wildflowers:
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Adirondack Wildflowers:  Foamflower  blooming on a rock in Barnum Brook (3 June 2011)Adirondack Wildflowers: Foamflower blooming on a rock in Barnum Brook (3 June 2011)

Foamflower (also known as Heartleaf Foamflower) is a herbaceous plant that grows in the Adirondack MOuntains, bearing small, white, feathery flowers in spring. The flowers form a long terminal cluster on a leafless stalk. Each flower is 1/4 inch wide and has five small blunt sepals and five delicate white petals. The long, slender stamens give the spikes of white flowers a frothy appearance. The attractive leaves are heart-shaped, two to four inches long and sharply toothed. The plant is six to 12 inches high. Foamflower spreads by underground stems and forms colonies.

Adirondack Wildflowers:  Foamflower in bloom at the Paul Smiths VIC (23 May 2012)Adirondack Wildflowers: Foamflower in bloom at the Paul Smiths VIC (23 May 2012)

Foamflower is part of the Saxifrage family. Because it resembles Miterwort, it is sometimes called False Miterwort. The genus name (Tiarella) is from the Greek tiara, designating a turban once worn by the Persians, and is said to refer to the shape of the seed capsule.

The plant thrives in rich or moist woodlands in the mountains. It grows in swampy, deciduous woods and along streams. It can be found in eastern North America, from Nova Scotia to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Michigan, Georgia and Virginia.

Adirondack Wildflowers:  Foamflower blooming at the Paul Smiths VIC (23 May 2012)Adirondack Wildflowers: Foamflower blooming at the Paul Smiths VIC (23 May 2012)

Foamflower may be seen on many of the trails at the Paul Smiths VIC. It usually begins blooming in May.

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The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

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The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.