Heuchera americana

Heuchera americana


Heuchera americana


Heuchera americana, commonly called coral bells or alumroot, is a clump-forming native perennial which occurs in somewhat dryish locations in rocky open woodlands and along ledges and crevices of bluffs. Typically features a clump of heart-shaped, long-petioled leaves, which emerge flushed with purplish-brown and mature to a uniform green. Tiny, greenish-white, bell-shaped flowers in open, airy panicles are borne on slender, wiry stems extending well above the mound of leaves, typically to a height of 18-24" in late spring to early summer.



Best grown in organically rich, humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Performs well in full sun in the north, but prefers some shade (particularly in the heat of the afternoon) in the south. Scorch and general foliage decline usually occur if soils are allowed to dry out. If grown in full sun, consistent moisture is particularly important. Remove stems of faded flowers to encourage additional bloom. On the other hand, some gardeners prefer to remove flower stems before flowering if plants are being grown as ground covers for their foliage texture and color. In cold winter climates, a winter mulch applied after the ground freezes will help prevent root heaving. Divide clumps in spring every 3-4 years.


Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Saxifragaceae

Zone: 4 to 9

Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet

Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet

Bloom Time: June to August

Bloom Description: Greenish white with red tinge

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Medium

Maintenance: Low

Flower: Showy, Good Cut

Leaf: Colorful

Tolerate: Drought

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