coral bells

Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'

Photo/Illustration: 
Kate Geruntho Frank
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coral bells (Heuchera 'Plum Pudding')
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Genus:  Heuchera
'Plum Pudding' heuchera makes an excellent foliage plant for sunny to partly shady gardens. This cultivar has a mounded form. Its small white flowers, which bloom in early summer, are not as impressive as the foliage, but they do add a second level of interest. The foliage of 'Plum Pudding', with its silvery overtones, is not as dark as that of other burgundy heucheras. In mild winters, the foliage will persist if you provide adequate moisture to the soil. -Lou Anella, Regional Picks: Southern Plains, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Clumps or mounds of heart-shaped, boldy veined and colorful purple foliage faintly marked with silver. The flowers are white, borne in narrow racemes or panicles, and form in late spring and early summer. 'Plum Pudding grows to about 1 foot tall and wide.
Care:  Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in sun to part shade. The rootstalk tends to grow upwards, so mulch annualy to keep covered. May need to lift and replant with the crown just above the soil.
Propagation:   Sow seed in containers in spring. Divide in autumn.
Problems:   Foliar nematodes, rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Foliage,
Edging,
Ground Covers,
Pathways
Style
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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