'Elizabeth Oliver' has become a classic among the fancy-leaved
varieties of foamflower available today. It was the earliest of the
hybrids between eastern and western Tiarella to become widely known,
and it is an ancestor of almost all of the cut-leaved forms currently
on the world market. Like its namesake, it is still among the very best
Oliver' is a semi-runner that produces short stolons after blooming and
forms a low, dense carpet of foliage about 6" high. The numerous erect
flower stems are 14-16" tall.
- The leaves are about 3" wide, deeply
lobed, and heavily marked with maroon. The
showy foliage looks good all year, turning purple in autumn and lasting
through the winter (below).
- Light pink and fragrant, borne in loose panicles in mid spring.
- 'Elizabeth Oliver' is a vigorous hybrid that combines the best in
leaf color and shape with excellent flower proportion, coloration, and
Oliver' looks best planted in drifts several feet wide next to paths in
a woodland garden or along the front of a shady border. Tall, slender
plants can easily come up through mats of Tiarella, so 'Elizabeth
Oliver' can be allowed to spread back into flower beds around the stems
of species like Cimicifuga,
or around large ferns.
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