Heuchera (Saxifragacaea)

Heuchera are evergreen, clump-forming perennials with attractive, rounded, shallowly palmately lobed leaves.  Mainly planted as a foliage-interest plants, which set tall spikes of flowers in late spring/early-summer.   

We have clumps of Heuchera ‘Licorice’ in the back patch with neat clumps of wine-red leaves, suffused with silvery-grey between the veins, and deep red beneath, with sprays of small off-white flowers in early summer.’ Needs full to partial shade in moist but well-drained soil.

We added two new lighter leafed heuchera (not the burgundy-leaved heuchera ‘licorice’ which we have planted in the back patch) into the woods half circle bed last summer. They are in flower – thin spears of pale pink flowers – in late April 2019.  Very pretty and a good border edging plant.  Would like to insert a few more for variety’s sake.  Lovely!

According to the RHS the woody rootstock tends to lift out of the ground.  It is recommended to mulch or lift and replant annually.   Can be propagated by division in autumn.

Like all perennials, dead-head regularly and remove faded flower spikes.

 

DIVIDING HEUCHERA

  • Heucheras need dividing every 3 years or the centre of the plant loses vigour.
  • Lift plants and replant small, strongly growing portions from these edges – each should have good roots and two or three shoots.

 

Heuchera ‘Licorice’ 

  • Hardy perennial with ruffled, burgundy – almost black – foliage.  This is one of the best dark varieties available.
  • Position in any good, well-drained soil in sun or part shade.  Water thoroughly before planting.  Plant in soil mixed with an organic improver and suitable fertilizer.
  • Grow in a mixed herbaceous border – good as ground cover.
  • Grows 12 by 24 inches (30 x 30 cm)
  • Water well in dry spells during the first year.

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