Heucheras forum: Leaves lost color

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Name: Melissa
Paradise, CA (Zone 9b)
msandsm
Jul 17, 2016 5:57 PM CST
In May, I bought a Coral Bells with beautiful golden-brown leaves with maroon undersides. The color lasted about 4-6 weeks, and now the leaves are green, with pale maroon undersides. My local nursery said it was because it wasn't getting enough sun, but when I *did* have it in the sun, it burned. I put it back in the shade quickly. Anyone know of a way to get the color back? I've been giving it morning sun since I talked to the nursery. This seems like a common issue, but I haven't seen anything about recovering the color.
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 17, 2016 6:22 PM CST

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They have their best color during the Spring with many varieties losing color during the heat of Summer. When things cool down in the Fall most will get their color back. Do you know what variety you have? Being in the sun does improve the color on some but even here in zone 6 only a few can deal with full sun.
Name: Melissa
Paradise, CA (Zone 9b)
msandsm
Jul 18, 2016 10:18 AM CST
I don't know exactly what variety it is, but after checking the Western Garden Book, I would say it's either a Purple Palace or a H. sanguinea - the first seems more likely. And it never put out flower stalks. I've included a picture.


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Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jul 18, 2016 5:53 PM CST
My Purple Palace has never got so green. It is more vibrant in the Spring though, like Bob was saying. It is a dark green/purple color now.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jul 18, 2016 6:09 PM CST

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You think that could be 'Kassandra'. It will be interesting to see what color the new growth will have.
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 18, 2016 7:54 PM CST

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I have never seen a Purple Palace that color green usually it turns a dark green during Summer. I know you said golden brown. but were there also orange tones to it?
Name: Melissa
Paradise, CA (Zone 9b)
msandsm
Jul 24, 2016 8:58 PM CST
When I bought it, the tops of the leaves were a golden-orange, and the undersides were maroon. I've moved it from total shade to partial sun now, and the new growth seems to be coming out in those colors.
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Thank You!
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