Heuchera villosa, Hairy Alumroot

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Although Hairy Alumroot’s native habitat in Virginia is mostly in the southwestern mountains, its five-inch wide, semi-evergreen leaves and lateseason flower plumes make it a species worthy of consideration for a woodland garden. There also are many fine cultivars of this species available.

Print Version: Heuchera villosa, Hairy AlumrootHeuchera villosa, Hairy Alumroot Ground Cover Height: 11⁄2–21⁄2 feet Spread: 1–2 feet Bloom Color: White Characteristics Semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial with rounded clumping form Large, hairy, maple-leaf-like shape, sharply toothed, medium green leaves Tiny, whitish to pinkish flowers in open, airy panicles June to October Hairy flowering stems and leaf stalks Attributes Tolerates shade (prefers some shade in south); intolerant of drought (keep soil moist); no serious pests or diseases although crowns may rot in poorly drained soil; deer seldom severely damage Foliage should remain through milder winters Ethnobotanic and therapeutic uses Attracts butterflies, bees Growing and Maintenance Tips Soil Requirements: Humus-rich, well-drained Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade, Shade Water Requirements: Moist Remove faded flower stems to stimulate rebloom Apply mulch after ground freezes to protect roots Divide clumps in spring every 3 to 4 years Use as edger along paths or walkways or en masse in woodland gardens or to control erosion Hardiness: USDA Zones 3–8 *It is not listed in the Flora of DE or PA. It is not native to DC. Excellent Replacement for Glechoma hederacea - Ground Ivy Hedera helix - English Ivy Liriope species Pachysandra terminalis - Japanese Pachysandra Vinca minor - Periwinkle
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