Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    American Alumroot (Heuchera americana)
    Saxifrage Family

    Heucheras are a highly cultivated plant in the horticultural world, and the straight species can be hard to find. American Alumroot makes a great, low-maintenance, evergreen ground cover. In warmer months, leaves are a beautiful rich green. In cooler winter and fall weather, leaves take on purple, red, and silver tones. In short, this plant holds its attractiveness year-round, plus provides cover for insects and small animals. Beginning in late March, dozens of wand-like, purple flowering stalks begin to emerge. Flowers are quite small, but still attract all sorts of pollinators over its extra long bloom time. Plants look best sited in part shade with average soil, but can easily thrive in more or less sun. Does not tolerate the crown being buried or wet winter conditions.

    Blooms: Green, Pink, 6-8 weeks, April-June
    Leaves: Green, purple, red, lobed, 3-6”, mounding, evergreen basal foliage
    Height: 1-3’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Dry
    Exposure: Part shade-Shade-Part sun
    Fauna: Bumblebees, small bees, flies
    Seeds: Numerous seeds are born on the wand-like flowering stalk
    Deer resistance: Medium (leaves are typically left alone, but flowers can be nibbled)
    Zone: 4-9
    Native Status: NC Native, common in the Piedmont and Mountains, uncommon in the Sandhills
    Provenance: North Carolina ecotype, seed grown