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Heuchera:  Jewels in the garden

By goldfinch4
June 12, 2010

Heuchera (pronounced Hew-ker-ah), also commonly called Coral Bells or alum root, are known and planted mostly for their bright, colorful leaves that bring jewel tones to the garden.

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plantaddict487
Jan 22, 2011 9:28 AM CST
A wonderful article, Chris. I'm new to this group and found it fascinating. On the subject of hardiness, I have found that a lot survive for me in south-western Manitoba (about an hour drive from the border with North Dakota and Minnesota). I have around 50 that have survived and thrived here. With some varieties, though, they are gone the first winter. Some I will buy over and over but three times is my limit, especially with the high prices. I'm particularly enamoured of the smaller ones and the really big ones. My favorite smalls are the Petite series and my favorite large one is Green Spice. As indicated in the article, they are prone to heaving in cold areas and they also become woody stemmed after a few years and have to be dug up and reset deeper. But they are worth the effort!
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goldfinch4
Jan 22, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Hi Plantaddict, and welcome to the Heuchera forum! Glad you enjoyed the article. So I'm guessing that you're in zone 3? I agree, some just don't do good, but that doesn't keep us from trying, does it! Sounds like you have a great collection and I'm looking forward to seeing some of your pictures. It's a little slow here right now but come Spring things will pick up again. And I can't wait! I've had enough winter now. Whistling
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