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A native replacement for English ivy

Tiarella River™ Octoraro

Octoraro's deeply lobed foliage and exceptionally long bloom stalks set this selection apart from all others on the market. This plant will easily replace the ever-invasive English ivy and periwinkle as a native, sustainable ground cover for dry shade.

From the superior breeding genetics of Sinclair A. Adam, Jr. we bring you 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.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Octoraro foam flower
  • Botanical Name

    Tiarella cordifolia 'Octoraro' PP21962
  • Type

  • US Native?

  • Bloom Time

    April to June
  • Bloom Color


Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

    April to June
  • Size

    4-6″ tall by 24-36″ wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    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 & Pests

    none known
  • Landscape Use

    dry to moist shade, shady slopes, stream banks, shade containers, shade hanging baskets.
  • Propagation

    Cuttings, Tissue Culture

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