The Q&A Archives: Heuchera Basics

Question: My dad donated blood today, and as a thank-you gift was given Heuchera plants (alumroot - purple). I can't find any info about it in my books. Is it a ground cover? How tall will it grow? Does it need to be cut back for the winter? Any info you have would be appreciated. Maureen McMorrow Hicksville, NY

Answer: Heuchera is a genus of hardy, clump-forming ground covers that are spring/summer-blooming and shade-loving (you may be familiar with the species called coralbells). They need no pruning or special care, beyond humusy, well-drained soil. Depending on the species, the foliage can reach 2 feet high while the flower stalks rise another foot or so.

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