Heuchera pulchella

Saxifragaceae

 

Habitat: full sun to partial shade

 

Soil: well drained

 

Height: 15 cm

 

Flowering: summer

 

Width: 20 cm

           


           

Most members of this genus are grown for their foliage, and there is a huge range of varieties with exotic coloured leaves. They make great ground cover, or can be used to soften the edges of paths. See also the closely related Tiarella, and x Heucherella, which are hybrids of Heuchera and Tiarella.

Heuchera pulchella has an evergreen tussock of fresh green leaves, with spikes of rose-pink bells emerging above. It comes from New Mexico.
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Heuchera - some other suggestions
heuchera_amethyst_mist.jpg Heuchera 'Amethyst Mist' has deep maroon, or to make it sound more classy, burgundy, foliage, strongly patterned, almost covered, on the upper surface with silver.
heuchera_cancan.jpg Heuchera 'Can-can' has maroon and silvery grey foliage with strongly ruffled edges. Compact habit.
heuchera_cylindrica.jpg Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina is a tiny alpine, small enough for a trough, making a really low mat of dark green, leathery leaves. Unusually for a Heuchera, the flowers are showy; there are dense spikes of tubular, yellow flowers, standing well above the mat of dark green, leathery leaves. This is a great plant for a trough, required very well-drained soil, but it must never be allowed to dry out.
heuchera_cylindrica.jpg Heuchera cylindrica is a widespread species in the west of America, in this case coming from Montana. It makes clumps of rounded, hairy leaves, above which appear the spikes of many small flowers, closely packed together, in this case white, although they can be cream.
invisible.gif Heuchera 'Plum Royale' has leaves that are a particularly rich purple with darker blue veins when they are fresh in spring, becoming silver with a purple tinge later in the year. The sprays of flowers are pale pink - almost white.
invisible.gif Heuchera cf. rubescens is a species from Idaho, so far unidientifed, possibly Heuchera rubescens. It makes neat clumps of rounded, lobed, fresh green leaves, and has short spikes of flowers. If it is correctly identified they will be white with a pink flush.
invisible.gif Heuchera rubescens var. versicolor forms mounds of attractive, rounded leaves, which are sometimes maroon-tinged, with spikes of small, pink, cup-shaped flowers above the foliage. It comes from California, where it is known as the 'pink alumroot'.
heuchera_sugar_frosting.jpg Heuchera 'Sugar Frosting' is a highly attractive and compact variety, with silver-violet markings on burgundy leaves and creamy white flower spikes.