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Coral Bells, Alumroot, Hairy Alumroot, Maple Leaf Alumroot 'Brownies'

Heuchera villosa

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Species: villosa (vil-OH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Brownies
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Hopkins, Minnesota

Silver Lake, Minnesota

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 17, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted six of these last fall. I chose them for their beautiful foliage coloring and the very large size of the leaves and the plant in general. They went through a real Minnesota winter very well. They are on a well-traveled corner and I get a lot of comments about them. This is a great selection if you like coral bells at all (and I do!).


On Nov 23, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This has to be just about the most vigorous of Heucheras. It is also one of the largest Heucheras. It needs to be divided about every 3 years. The roots are very long and thick for a Heuchera. It will grow very well in total shade. It is a very fast growing Heuchera.