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.

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.



  • 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.
  • It is recommended to plant with amber or bright-green varieties such as ‘Key Lime Pie’ or ‘Creme Brulee’ for maximum effect.
  • Position in any good, well-drained soil in sun or part shade.
  • Grow in a mixed herbaceous border – good as groundcover.
  • Grows 12 by 24 inches (30 x 30 cm)
  • Water thoroughly before planting.  Plant in soil mixed with an organic improver and suitable fertilizer.
  • Water well in dry spells during the first year.