Heuchera – Fairy Flowers, Alum Root, Coral Bells, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Heuchera – Fairy Flowers, Alum Root,
Coral Bells

Heucheras
are among the most desirable of the smaller growing
plants. There are many varieties worth growing. Of these,
Heuchera sanguinea is most often seen. The plants
are compact, bushy and grow in tufts, the flower stems
growing 11/2 feet or 2 feet high. The evergreen leaves
look like those of a Geranium. From a mass of ornamental
foliage rise graceful spikes covered with pendent flowers
which assume the size. of Lily of the Valley bells,
of a bright coral-crimson color. It blooms about the
middle of the Summer. Catalogs list white, creamy, purple
and rose-colored varieties. H. americana, resembling
the Foam Flowers and the Mitreworts, is a native of
our woods.

UTILIZE.
Small clumps of Heucheras are very attractive when planted
by themselves among the shrubbery where their dainty
bells will not be outshone by other gay flowers. The
foliage is tinted with various maroon markings during
the Winter and this makes the plants valuable for the
borders. The leaves are also used in vases as accompaniments
to other flowers, and the sprays of bloom make excellent
cut flowers. Heucheras are perhaps most at home when
planted in the rockery where they become robust and
the foliage completely covers the rocks.

GENERAL.
Moist, rich loam is the best soil in which to grow them.
Although the plants grow for a long time in one place,
the larger plants tend to grow weak very soon. These
should be removed and planted elsewhere about every
two years. They refuse to thrive in a stiff, clayey
soil.

PROPAGATION.
The plants are propagated by division in October, or
seeds, which should be sown in March if a greenhouse
is available. The seedlings are tiny and need not be
transplanted until they attain some size.

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