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‘Sweet Tea’ heucherella

x Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'

Anyone who gardens in the shade is familiar with heucherella. ‘Sweet Tea’ was bred using Heuchera villosa, a native of the eastern United States, as one of its parents, which has added enough resistance to heat, drought, and humidity to make it able to handle even the extreme climate of Texas. ‘Sweet Tea’ has large, stained, orange-bronze leaves with dark burgundy veins and short spikes of small white flowers that appear in early spring. Its brightly colored foliage, however, is the main reason to have this plant. Give it well-drained soil, and lift and divide it every couple of years. -Jimmy Turner, Perennials for dry shade, Fine Gardening issue #133

Noteworthy CharacteristicsBig bronze leaves that stand up to heat and humidity.

PropagationDivide the roots every couple of years.

  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Uses : Shade
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Flower Color : White
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