An enchanting looking Heuchera, this selection displays leaves with such crisp color patterning that they look like little stained glass windows. They range in color from season to season in response to changing light levels. In spring, they are deep grape purple with a heavy steel-gray overlay and crisp veination. Their undersides are royal purple, revealed by the curling of the leaves. During the winter, the foliage turns to a rich violet hue. Though the extraordinary foliage is reason enough to grow this plant, it has the added bonus of producing rose-pink buds which open to greenish-cream flowers in late spring.
Heucheras are easy perennials to grow and fit nicely in the front of any border, rock garden, or container. They grow most vigorously and have the strongest colors when grown in partial shade (preferably afternoon shade). They can also be grown in full shade but their growth rate will be very slow. Some varieties can withstand full sun in northern climates if they have consistent moisture, but their colors tend to fade with the intensity of the sun. The soil should be amended with organic matter prior to planting. It should also have good drainage and a neutral pH. Heucheras are evergreen in areas with mild winters. If properly sited out of the way of winter winds and with reliable snow cover, gardeners in northern regions may also find their Heucheras acting as evergreens. If the plant looks tattered by early spring, shear off any damaged leaves to make room for the vibrant new foliage which will fill in quickly. Heucheras can be grown under Black Walnut trees because they are resistant to the toxin Juglone which the trees emit from their roots. Heucheras are also salt tolerant. They are useful in the north along pathways which are salted in winter or for people gardening in coastal regions.
Rose-pink buds open to greenish-cream flowers
Grape purple with steel-gray overlay
Brunnera-Heartleaf (Brunnera macrophylla), Corydalis (Corydalis shimienensis), Fern-Japanese Painted (Athyrium niponicum), Foamflower (Tiarella ), Ginger-Chinese Wild (Asarum splendens), Grass-Ornamental (Carex morrowii), Hosta (Hosta )
Cut flower or foliage
Foliage has a rich, violet hue in winter
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