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rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9200603

I do like my Heuchera 'Paris' and 'Lipstick' with their bright red flowers.

But here is 'Venus' and its flowers stalk detracts greatly from what I consider to be nice enough foliage. Are these long brown nondescript flowers par for the course for this heuchera (and many others)? I did trim them off but they grew again quite quickly. I may move this plant to a more hidden area to maybe better hide those 'flowers'. What do you guys and gals think re such ugly flowers?

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

July 10, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9200609

Yes, those are the flowers. Like you I just cut them of because the foliage is so nice 9 months of the year.. Makes for a messy looking plant when they bloom. The newer hybrids have nicer flowers.
rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #9200643

springcolor wrote:The newer hybrids have nicer flowers.


And what are the exciting ones re flower colour?

Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #9200763

Rouge

There are some very pretty flowers - try googling Heuchera Ruby Bells or Firefly. They have gorgeous flower color and as an added bonus will attract hummingbirds. If you are looking for a fuller flower, in the Spring, Tiarellas have gorgeous bottlebrush like flowers.

Below is Tiarella Pink Skyrocket.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

July 10, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #9200799

Any of the city series have nice flowers and Vivid is gorgeous(Hot Pink). I will have to pay more attention to the blooms, I'm a folliage nut and they hold the color all winter here.
rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9200804

Thanks for that Carolyn. I do have a Tiarella..."Sugar and Spice" and it is a wonderful plant in the spring.

And as I mentioned in my opening post the red flowers for "Lipstick" and "Paris" are outstanding as well.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #9200833

I tend to plant my heuchera for the foliage as well and I love to get different colors to set each of them off.

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rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9200930

Carolyn22 wrote:I tend to plant my heuchera for the foliage


Of course. But the flower stalks for my "Venus" for example are not a neutral element but rather are a negative distraction from the usual appeal of the heuchera foliage.

springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

July 10, 2012
10:07 PM

Post #9201156

This is Vivid. Here is Terra Nova Nursery site. http://www.terranovanurseries.com/growers/heuchera-c-82_23.html If you look at the pictures you can see what ones have the nice flowers. If they don't have flowers in the picture I woud think they are not a strong point for that hybrid.

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cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2012
11:17 AM

Post #9203939

I believe that heuchera is mystic angel. Its very deep pink blooms are the prettiest.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

July 13, 2012
12:34 PM

Post #9204005

The label said 'Vivid', I have had this for years.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2012
11:11 AM

Post #9205037

such a pretty container, Julia.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

July 15, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #9206593

Thanks.

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