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NC Native Plant Society:
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Heuchera americana

American Alumroot

Scientific Name:

Heuchera americana

Genus:

Heuchera

Species Epithet:

americana

Common Name:

American Alumroot

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rocky forests, rock outcrops, particularly where soils are subacidic to circumneutral (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Bloom spikes can grow to 2.5' to 3'.

Blooming Plants in a Landscape

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Bloom Spikes

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Bloom close up

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Tom Harville

Typical leaves

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Atypical Leaves

Many selections have come from this species

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Tom Harville

Last year's older, darker colored leaves at the base of the plant, new growth of leaves and flowering scapes with buds in the center in early April

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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