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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Tiarella cordifolia.

Material uses

Can be used as a ground cover plant[1]. It is rather slow to spread, though, and needs weeding for the first year or so[2]. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[3]. This is one of the most attractive and prolific ground cover plants[3].
There are no material uses listed for Tiarella cordifolia.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The whole plant is diuretic, hepatic, lithontripic and tonic. It is used in the treatment of bladder and liver problems and also indigestion and dyspepsia[4][5][6][7]. An infusion of the root and leaves has been used to help small children put on weight and also as a wash for a baby's sore back[7]. The whole plant is rich in tannin and this is probably the medically active ingredient[8].

A tea made from the leaves is diuretic[8]. It has been used as a mouthwash and as a wash for sore eyes[8][7]. The tea is held in the mouth to remove a white coating from the tongue[7].

A tea made from the roots is diuretic and is used in the treatment of children with diarrhoea or sore mouths[8][7]. The crushed roots can be used as a poultice on wounds[7].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or autumn[9]. The plant is quite vigorous and is best divided every second year[4]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

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Cultivation

Prefers a moist humus rich soil in a shady position[10]. Plants are tolerant of deep shade[1]. Prefers a light rich soil[4]. Prefers a woodland soil but succeeds in most soils[11]. Dislikes prolonged winter wet[10].

Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[12]. The plant makes a neat edging to a bed[4].

This species has become a weed in some gardens, spreading by means of long stolons[10]. The sub-species T. cordifolia collina has a non-creeping rootstock[13].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Tiarella cordifolia. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Tiarella cordifolia.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Tiarella cordifolia
Genus
Tiarella
Family
Saxifragaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
3
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
partial sun
Shade
permanent shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    9. ? Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.110.210.3 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    11. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
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