Maple-leaved Alumroot

Maple-leaved Alumroot, with purple or bronze leaves and late summer flowers.

Botanical Name: Heuchera villosa

Height: Mound of leaves to about 30 cm, flowering stalks held above foliage

Season of Bloom: August

Growing Conditions: Part sun or filtered shade, not too dry. The Heucheras as a group do not like tight clay soils as their thick root stalk is subject to frost heave, so best in sandy-loam or organic soils.

Wildlife Benefits:

Seeds: Seeds are very tiny and require light to germinate. Germination Code: C(30) + D. Surface sow as thinly as you can on a pot of seed-starting mix, spritz gently with water to settle seeds in a film of water on top of the soil, put pot into a Ziplock freezer baggie, and keep in the refrigerator for 30 days. Bring into a warm, well-lit place. Be sure to remove from baggie if pot is in the sun, because you do not want to cook your seedlings. Seedlings are tiny but quite sturdy. Prick out to individual pots when they are big enough to handle, which may not be until mid-summer or later.

From Ottawa Valley or Eastern Ontario seed sources: No. This one is from the eastern USA.

Similar species: American Alumroot, Prairie Alumroot

Remarks: Leaf colour varies from greenish bronze to a good purple.

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