(Tiarella cordifolia) Saxifrage family.

Flowers - White, small, feathery, borne in a close raceme at the

top of a scape 6 to 12 in. high. Calyx white, 9-lobed; 5 clawed

petals; 10 stamens, long-exserted; 1 pistil with 2 styles.

Leaves: Long-petioled from the rootstock or runners, rounded or

broadly heart-shaped, 3 to 7-lobed, toothed, often downy along

veins beneath.

Preferred Habitat - Rich, moist woods, especially along


Flowering Season - April-May.

Distribution - Nova Scotia to Georgia, and westward scarcely to

the Mississippi.

Fuzzy, bright white foam-flowers are most conspicuous in the

forest when seen against their unevenly colored leaves that

carpet the ground. A relative, the TRUE MITERWORT or BISHOP'S CAP

(Mittella diphylla), with similar foliage, except that two

opposite leaves may be found almost seated near the middle of its

hairy stem, has its flowers rather distantly scattered on the

raceme, and their fine petals deeply cut like fringe. Both

species may be found in bloom at the same time, offering an

opportunity for comparison to the confused novice. Now, tiarella,

meaning a little tiara, and mitella, a little miter, refer, of

course, to the odd forms of their seed-cases; but all of us are

not gifted with the imaginative eyes of Linnaeus, who named the

plants. Xenophon's assertion that the royal tiara or turban of

the Persians was encircled with a crown helps us no more to see

what Linnaeus saw in the one case than the fact that the papal

miter is encircled by three crowns helps in the other. And as for

the lofty, two-peaked cap worn by bishops in the Roman Church, a

dozen plants, with equal propriety, might be said to wear it.

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