• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage reaches 12 in. high, 18 in. wide; flower stems 30 in. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Late Spring to Late Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:HEW-ker-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Foliage reaches 12 in. high, 18 in. wide; flower stems 30 in. tall.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Late Spring to Late Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasPair with yellow and gold foliage plants for shaded contrast in the garden. Plant in irregular groups in a woodland understory or under shade trees. A great choice for all kinds of naturalistic settings or peeking out from under landscape boulders. In formal gardens position near porch or patio and terrace for close-up view. Excellent for nesting a pedestal or fountain. A valuable plant for containers that offers both foliage and flower accents. Particularly beautiful in troughs but provides a dramatic effect in lime green or cobalt blue glazed containers.
    Companion PlantsAstilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Painted Fern (Athyrium)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, well-drained soil; take care not to bury crown when planting. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; tolerates drier soils once established. Avoid excessive winter moisture. Feed regularly throughout growing season. Remove old, faded foliage in early spring.Pruning time: early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This hybrid was developed by Charles Oliver of The Primrose Path in southwestern Pennsylvania. It features the large habit of H. villosa with the leaf silvering of H. 'Silver Scrolls'. Other varieties in the 'Silver Scrolls' ancestry include 'Quilter's Joy', H. brizoides 'Chatterbox'; and 'Regina';. H. villosa is a native of the eastern United States. Native Americans used these thick roots for a medicinal by drying and then pounding them into a wound dressing, hence one common name, alum root. The genus name honors a European botanist, Johan Heinrich von Heucher who first identified this western American wildflower in 1730.

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