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Heuchera 'Wendy' - Wendy Coral Bells

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrages)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Heuchera 'Wendy' (Wendy Coral Bells) - This is a great evergreen perennial that is the result of a cross between the Alum Root (Heuchera maxima) and the Coral Bell (Heuchera sanguinea). In the summer, the delicate bright pink flowers of this variety stand on slim 3 foot tall pink stalks. It can grow to about 2 feet by 2 feet. It does best in a shady location and is hardy to about 10 degrees F. Although not extremely long lived, this is a wonderful choice worthy of replanting every 3-5 years. Plants are attractive to hummingbirds. Heuchera 'Wendy' is one of a series that includes 'Santa Ana Cardinal', 'Genevieve', 'Opal' and 'Susanna' that were bred by Dr. Lee Lenz in 1953 at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 'Wendy' was named and introduced by John Dourley, the garden's director of horticulture in 1984. Of the hybrids, 'Wendy' is noted as particularly free flowering and has the largest leaves that are grey-green, slightly hairy and held in looser rosettes than the other selections. 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.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Heuchera 'Wendy'.