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Heuchera sanguinea

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Species: sanguinea (san-GWIN-ee-a) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive penpen On Mar 25, 2010, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have heavy clay soil in most of my yard. One area has some sand and another has some peat mixed in and this plant does great in both locations. I divided my two plants last fall after 3 yrs of growing and got at least 6 or 7 new plants. Once they start blooming, they bloom most of the season and the hummers love them. In my garden they don't like prolonged wet feet so I try to keep them a bit on the dry side. They are planted in a bed with salvias , agastaches and penstemons so they are in good company.

Negative Malus2006 On Feb 23, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is one of the most fickle of all heucheras - also used in hybrids and varieties too often. Many hard to grow varieties of heucheras can be blamed on this as the parent plant. It and its hybrids are mainly grown for flowers even thought there may be either variegation or once in a while maroon leaf or golden leaf variety. Prefers sun to light shade so any hybrids made with this as the parent plant also strongly tend to be sun to light shade. I have planted at least six to seven plants - variety I can't remember but definitely releate to this species and of all of those, only one have survived and it have taken 3- 5 hours of sun, mostly noon. Early morning and afternoon it is shady.

Positive Leehallfae On Apr 15, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

This is a hardy - it did very well even though there were two weeks of freezing temperatures in Seattle - as in 26F -in a container.

Positive DianaF On Apr 7, 2003, DianaF from Owens Cross Roads, AL wrote:

I love this plant! It's flower stalks are so long and thin that the little pink blooms appear to float in the air. And as for clay soil, they thrive in my clay soil. I live in northern Alabama and my soil is like a big red clay pot. My heucheras grow so huge I have to keep dividing them.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Heucheras provide a long flowering season. They make great bouquets, and are equally effective in the garden.

Dividing the stems every 3-4 years prolongs the life of the plant.

Negative perennialguy On Dec 2, 2002, perennialguy from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have had rotten luck with heucheras in my garden. Just finished researching possible reasons and found out the heucheras do not like clay soil. Guess what I have? Yep, red clay soil with very little organic matter unless amended. I think if I try these beautiful plants in raised flower beds so that the roots stay above and out of the red clay base soil that they'll do just fine.

Neutral Terry On Mar 9, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Plant has reddish-green leaves (some varieties have variegated foliage.) In early summer clusters of nodding pink, coral, white or red bell-shaped flowers atop wiry stems appear; attractive to bees and hummingbirds.

Plant in well-drained moist soil, provide afternoon shade in hottest climates. Seed heads are brown and unimportant.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Seward, Alaska
Carrollton, Georgia
Bensenville, Illinois
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Marshalltown, Iowa
Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
Beverly, Massachusetts
Okemos, Michigan
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Little Falls, New Jersey
Farmington, New Mexico
North Tonawanda, New York
Burlington, North Carolina
Bend, Oregon
Fort Worth, Texas
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Lewisburg, West Virginia

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