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Heuchera longiflora

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: white, yellow

Leaf Color: green, gray-green, silver, multi-color

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Heuchera longiflora (longflower alumroot)
  • Heuchera longiflora (longflower alumroot)
  • Heuchera longiflora (longflower alumroot)

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Description

Heuchera longiflora

Also known as:

longflower alumroot

,

maple leaf alumroot

,

long flowered alumroot

Scientific Synonyms:

Heuchera aceroides, Heuchera longiflora var. aceroides, Heuchera scabra

Description

Heuchera longiflora is very similar to H. americana, but is much less common and can even be considered rare. The most distinguishing feature is the production of larger flowers. They are yellowish in color, and are borne high above the foliage on stems that can grow 2' tall or more. The plants form basal clumps up to 10" tall, with maple-shaped leaves with conspicuous silver markings. As cold weather sets in, the foliage will shift to reddish and purplish hues.

Cultivation

Longflower alumroot can be quite spectacular when planted in large groups. It will create an impressive ground cover with its silver mottled foliage contrasting wonderfully against other shade-loving plants. It prefers rich soil that is moist and well-drained, but is really quite adaptable, and will even tolerate poor, rocky soil. It is best planted in light open shade or filtered light but will also tolerate full shade, and part-sun if the soil is kept consistently moist. The blooming period begins in late spring and lasts about a month. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Can be propagated from seed, but they are tiny and difficult to collect. Can be propagated by crown division in early spring as the leaves begin to emerge, or fall once the plant has gone dormant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, KY, NC, OH, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Presumed Extirpated: OH
  • Special Concern: TN

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Saxifragaceae Saxifrage family
Genus Heuchera alumroot
Species Heuchera longiflora longflower alumroot