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Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' (coral bells)

Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' Photo/Illustration: Kate Geruntho Frank


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' HEW-ker-ah Common Name: coral bells 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.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.;6 in. to 12 in.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Pathways, Foliage, Ground Covers, Edging
Style Beds and Borders, Container, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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