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Heuchera

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
HEW-ker-ah
Description

If you want to add bold, colorful foliage to your garden, heuchera might be just the plant you’re looking for. They make a wonderful addition to the garden and can be used as edgings in perennial borders and group plantings. The lighter-colored varieties stand out nicely in a lightly shaded garden.

Heuchera is an interesting family of perennials that is comprised of more than 50 species that are native to North America. Heuchera, commonly known as coralbells or alumroot, is hardy from zones 4 to 9, depending on species and cultivar.

Coralbells and alumroot are primarily grown for their foliage, but many species also have attractive flowers that are favored by butterflies. Flowering usually begins in June and continues throughout the growing season. Depending on the variety selected, coralbells can be grown in sun or shade. Many varieties develop their best leaf color in full sun. They prefer moist, well-drained soils that have been amended with organic matter like leaf compost or pine bark fines. There are few insect or disease problems, but leaf scorch can be a problem for plants grown in full sun during hot, dry conditions.

Try any of these cultivars to add interest and expand the color palette in your garden!

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#foliage#bronze#perennial#purple leaves#shade tolerant#native perennial#shade garden#rabbit resistant#moist soil#cpp#mounding#well-drained soil#deer resistant#native garden#woodland#borders#clumping
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#foliage#bronze#perennial#purple leaves#shade tolerant#native perennial#shade garden#rabbit resistant#moist soil#cpp#mounding#well-drained soil#deer resistant#native garden#woodland#borders#clumping
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Heuchera
    Family:
    Saxifragaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Tannin in the leaves is unappetizing to deer and rabbits.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Orbicular
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds