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Heuchera 'Blackbird'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Purple and Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

alum root 'Blackbird'

Family

Saxifragaceae


Heuchera are more or less evergreen, clump-forming perennials with attractive, rounded, shallowly palmately lobed leaves and racemes or panicles of small, tubular flowers, often with colourful calyces

'Blackbird ' is a compact perennial with rounded, shallowly lobed, reddish-purple leaves, redder beneath, with panicles of small, bright pink flowers in early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing, West-facing or North-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral soil in sun or partial shade. The woody rootstock tends to lift out of the ground so mulch annually or lift and replant

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes

Pests

May be attacked by vine weevil and leaf and bud eelworms

Diseases

Generally disease free