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Heuchera maxima - Island Alum Root
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrages)
Origin: Channel Islands (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pinkish White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Heuchera maxima (Island Alum Root) - Native to the Channel Islands off of Santa Barbara's coast this clumping perennial forms 1 foot tall hummocks of large (2-3 inches wide) dark green leaves that are lightly marbled and often red tinged in winter. In spring emerge clusters of pinkish-white flowers on intricately branching stems that rise 1 to 2 feet above the foliage. Plant is full sun (coastal) to light shade with occasional to infrequent irrigation. Hardy to 10-15. In its native habitat this plant inhabits shady woods and canyons. This plant is parent to the Rancho Santa Ana hybrid Heucheras. In their book "Heuchera and Heucherellas: Coral Bells and Foamy Bells" Timber Press 2005 authors Dan Heims and Grahame Ware note that Linnaeus named Heuchera for Johann Heinrich von Heucher, professor of medicine and Botany at Wittenberg University. They further note that the name Heuchera should be pronounced following the person's name it commemorates so the proper pronunciation is HOY-ker-uh.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Heuchera maxima.
 
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