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Cutting Edge Foamflower

Tiarella 'Cutting Edge'

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Cutting Edge Foamflower (Tiarella 'Cutting Edge') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Cutting Edge Foamflower foliage

Cutting Edge Foamflower foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cutting Edge Foamflower (Tiarella 'Cutting Edge') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Cutting Edge Foamflower

Cutting Edge Foamflower

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cutting Edge Foamflower (Tiarella 'Cutting Edge') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Cutting Edge Foamflower in bloom

Cutting Edge Foamflower in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Brand:  Proven Winners


An amazing variety for spring interest in shade gardens; finely dissected green leaves with dramatic, dark burgundy centers; cream bottlebrush flowers in early summer; wonderful as a shaded groundcover, or edging plant

Ornamental Features

Cutting Edge Foamflower has masses of beautiful spikes of lightly-scented white star-shaped flowers with creamy white overtones rising above the foliage in early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive deeply cut lobed leaves remain green in color with pointy burgundy spines and tinges of lime green throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cutting Edge Foamflower is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cutting Edge Foamflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cutting Edge Foamflower will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cutting Edge Foamflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features