The Oakleaf Tiarella (Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’) Care Guide

The Oakleaf Tiarella, otherwise known as the Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ or Globe Flower ‘Orange Princess’, Globeflower ‘Orange Princess’, is a rather well known perennial plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this perennial will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, taking care of your Oakleaf Tiarella is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Oakleaf Tiarella Care Guide. Now let’s get started.

The fundamental caring guidelines for every Oakleaf Tiarella can be summed up into the following:

  • Water: The Oakleaf Tiarella loves moist soil but will still survive dusty soil when it is established.
  • Light: Keep your Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Oakleaf Tiarella in soil with poorly draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of loam and clay.

That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Oakleaf Tiarella this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.

Oakleaf Tiarella flowers

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Oakleaf Tiarella belongs to the Ranunculaceae family, and the genus Trollius, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ (tee-uh-RELL-uh kor-dih-FOH-lee-uh).

As with other Trollius’s, the Oakleaf Tiarella is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year. 

Growing Region

The Oakleaf Tiarella is a plant native to the Europe.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Oakleaf Tiarella is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.

With this in mind, the Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 5 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 3b, 3a, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A2, A3.

Growth and Size


In terms of size and growth, the Oakleaf Tiarella is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.


But, how big does the Oakleaf Tiarella actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…

The Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ can grow up to 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) in 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm). 

These dimensions make the Oakleaf Tiarella a relatively medium perennial compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 24″ (60cm) free so the Oakleaf Tiarella can spread to its best extent.


In terms of watering, the Oakleaf Tiarella is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ loves moist soil but will still survive dusty soil when it is established.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Oakleaf Tiarella care


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Oakleaf Tiarella in soil with poorly draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has moist, and occasionally wet properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Oakleaf Tiarella since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Oakleaf Tiarella prefers to have soil with moist, and occasionally wet properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of loam and clay.

This is why most experts agree that the Oakleaf Tiarella requires soil with high organic matter, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Oakleaf Tiarella requires partial to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this perennial will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).


Being a herbaceous plant, the Oakleaf Tiarella will die back to the ground every year. 

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (late), and during the summer (early).


You can expect your Oakleaf Tiarella to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).

In particular, this perennial is well known for its showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Oakleaf Tiarella produces some beautiful white, or gold/yellow and orange flowers around this time of year.


The leaves from the Oakleaf Tiarella have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

Oakleaf Tiarella up close

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Oakleaf Tiarella is well known for being able to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Additionally, it has a special tolerance for wet soil, clay soil and animals like rabbit and deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ will be fine.


Does your Oakleaf Tiarella have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.

Most Tiarella Cordifolia ‘Oakleaf’ owners agree that this perennial will look great in most cottage, asian/zen and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, and in prairie and meadow styles. 

In particular, the Oakleaf Tiarella’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in ponds and streams, others use it for landscaping in a woodland garden,


And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Oakleaf Tiarella to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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