Heucheras forum: Is this H. micrantha ?

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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
May 11, 2014 5:39 PM CST
I have had this plant growing on the far side of my house and have totally neglected for the ten years I've owned this house. By that I mean that I have not watered it, fed it or done anything to keep it alive and it comes back year after year.

I am guessing it is a species heuchera that is native to Trinity County because it is totally adapted to the climate, the soil and the amount of water it has received during the winter rainy period and dry summer months.

I couldn't get a sharp photo of the flowers because there is always a slight breeze at the time of day when the light is almost right to take a photo.

The color of the reverse of the leaves is identical to the color of the upper surface of the leaves.

The plant is about ten inches tall by 12 inches wide. Who knows what the plant size would be, if it got some care ? .. Smiling

I think it is h. mircrantha, but am not sure. I was wondering if anyone could confirm the identification.


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Smiles,
Lyn

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
May 11, 2014 7:36 PM CST

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I am pretty sure you are correct.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
May 11, 2014 7:56 PM CST
Thank you, Bob.

I think I'll try and find heucheras with h. mircrantha in their lineage for my garden as I think they may have a better chance of survival in this climate.

It's interesting that the deer have not touched this plant, but ate the three heucheras I purchased down to the crown.

All three of them made it through the winter just fine. I think the high summer temps in an arid climate are harder on them than my winter temps, but clearly h. mircrantha can handle my summer temps just fine.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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