Hardiness: 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 Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Blooms repeatedly
Other details: 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: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Sep 4, 2011, calicogardener from Clifton Park, NY wrote:
zone 5 - first heuchera I ever got when it first became popular..have divided it many times and have it in many spots - both part sun/pt shade/shade doing great in all - didn't like the full sun, got parched looking. In Aug, they all now have huge sprays of the tiny white flowers -the bees have returned and loving them - also have a few that sprung up from their seeds
On Aug 14, 2011, tobydog60 from Omro, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:
I planted 'Palace Purple' about 2 years ago when I moved into this house and I'm very pleased with how it's growing.
There are 2 black chokeberry shrubs (youngsters at about 3 feet tall), and a very large purple coneflower and penstemon on the south side of this plant. It gets maybe an hour or two of direct sun but otherwise is in mostly (but not heavy) shade (lots of indirect sunshine). As the shrubs get taller and wider, I'll see if I will need to move Palace Purple.
Growing well, survives my zone 4 winters so far. It always has a lot of snow cover over it, so is insulated well.
The soil was worked deeply - excellent drainage - and had been used as a burn pit in a previous life. The plants all seem to like it -- must be the wood ash.
I don't give it any special attention -- it's pretty much on its own. I did, of course, water it occasionally when it was a baby, but didn't use any fertilizer or amendments.
The flowers are very insignificant, but the leaves are a gorgeous shiny, deep burgundy/purple. Lovely.
On Aug 10, 2011, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:
Reading over the previous comments about this plant, and growing it in two locations as I do (Wisconsin & Nebraska), I would have to say that it does MUCH better in Wisconsin. I think it does not like unrelieved hot weather - it can stand the days as long as the nights are cool. It also likes morning sun more than afternoon sun. In hot afternoon sun, even in Wisconsin the leaves become more copper colored than plum colored. Where it is growing in morning sun, it is looking great in Wisconsin, even tho we've had a couple weeks in the '90's in this 2011 heat record setting year, because our nights are cool.
On Jul 15, 2011, LouC from Desoto, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Have to agree with those that say it just slowly disappears.
This summer has been especially hard. They are in dappled shade but the leaves are still scorched and drooping. Going to dig all 8 plants and put them in a galvanized tub in an attempt to save them. I love the look but they are very difficult to maintain.
I have several Palace Purple Coralbells that have done wonderful and thrived in morning sun/afternoon shade. They provide an excellent color to complement any landscape and the hummingbirds love the delicate flowers. These are low maintenance plants for the most part. I am rating it neutral solely because I have had three or four just slowly die and disappear. My mother and neighbors have as well. No real signs of struggle; they just shrink in overall size down to just the root system.
On Apr 15, 2011, nodeerforme from Medford, NJ wrote:
They grow rather well in my sandy South Jersey soil. Deer seem to leave them alone, but groundhogs love them (and pulmonaria and purple coneflower). I bought some more to replace what the neighborhood groundhog destroyed, but I planted them in a part of my property that the critter doesn't visit. I love these plants; they are gorgeous and add such a fabulous contrast.
On Nov 5, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
Palace Purple was the first type of heuchera I planted, and it is one of the best. This variety can tolerate anything from full shade to almost full sun. It heaves less than most in Zone 4a, divides and rebounds extremely well, and lends a nice bronzey-purple color to the garden.
On Jun 12, 2010, kathiekase from Jamison, PA wrote:
I have these planted around my mailbox (full sun near Philly, PA). I have them interspersed with pachysandra. I was so surprised how well both do in the sun. I always get many compliments about how that bed looks--I've used different annuals to brighten it up in the summer. They look wonderful with Hawaii blue ageratum. I also currently have yellow coreopsis and some daylilies in the bed. The leaf shape and color is pretty. In the spring I cut back the old leaves to allow the new ones to emerge. They give enough shade to keep the weeds at bay, and have shaded the pansies that I planted this spring so that they still look pretty in the hot June sun.
On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I've grown these in containers quite a bit in central texas, bc I like the size and foliage. They have always down well for me. Don't overwater them, they'll just dissapear. Bright dappled shade seems to be best, but mine this year got sun starting at 3pm and did fine. Tend to look better in spring/fall and go into a "holding pattern" over the summer.
On Sep 21, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
These plants are wonderful performers for me. Iv'e have mine for well over 10 years. All I do is dig up a few and spread them around the yard. Very easy. They also blossom for me almost all summer. Very easy to grow. It get light shade all day and love its spot in the yard.
On Jun 27, 2008, agertz from Washougal, WA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Here in southwest WA, this plant gets eaten by the deer! Just thought I should mention that, since it's on several local nursery deer resistant lists. Also, in the hot and dry of the summer here, it can get burned mid July. Mine's in a pot and I move it to the side of the deck that gets about 5 hrs of morning sun once the rains stop in June. It thrives, unless my husband moves the pot too close to the edge of the deck.
On May 11, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:
the tag on mine also says part shade (3-6 hours of sun) , and thats pretty much wrong. Ours are planted in full shade and thrive there, at one point my boyfreind had them in part sun and they were almost dead within a few days.
On Jan 10, 2008, Jax4ever from Boxford, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
This plant is a strong positive IF:
You live in a cooler zone and/or want to use it as a "filler" for a mixed shady border (and have enough ferns!) They aren't for a stand-alone focal specimens, but they set off hostas beautifully! It's nice to have a dark leaf to make the bright green and white hostas just pop! Adding some coleus in there during the summer is great, too.
They aren't for the tropics or hot spots, but ideal for moist, shady woodland gardens.
When I moved into the house I'm presently living in I delighted in discovering the variety of plants I inherited in the gardens and gladly added more. I have just located the plant tag in a kitchen drawer for Coral Bells, positively identifying what I thought to be some kind of begonia nestled unobtrusively behind some sedum and azalea bushes in the front border garden. It is mostly obscured by the sedum and is too low to the ground to be noticed, although when you peek beyond the sedum they are a surprise patch of interesting color. Mine either have yet to bloom or I've never noticed them in bloom; the tag says "Beautiful cut flower". Mine is planted in mostly shade. Not impressive, but not horribly offensive either, it is welcome where it is.
On Mar 3, 2007, dmac085 from Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is the first heuchera I purchased. I found a 6 pack at a Wmart for about $2 5 or 6 years ago and have had them planted in containers every since. They are in a partial sun/shade situation and seem to be doing fine. The purple leaves are rather dull to me and the flowers are fairly blah too. It does reseed and I've got one now growing up from the base deck of my patio. Seed is easily collected.
On Aug 30, 2006, TKSinVA from Nokesville, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Here in Manassas,VA I have several Purple Palace coral bells planted under the edge of our deck facing east. They are doing very well and look great among the native ferns that grow there. I was pleasantly surprised to see hummingbirds feeding from the tiny flowers.
On Jun 21, 2006, Erynne from Hillsburgh, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:
I gave this heuch a neutral rating only because I feel that there are nicer-looking dark heuchs out there. I planted this one in Sept 2005 and it came through our winter no problem and actually provided some winter interest. So far this year, the colouring is good and it is at least 2 1/2 times the size it was when I initially planted it. It receives a fair amount of mid-afternoon sun (pt sun) and never shows signs of burn.
On Mar 10, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:
Great plant for part shade. Flowers early/mid-summer but because of the nature of the flowers on this variety they look almost the same when their spent or at full bloom so it kinda flowers all summer!!! Great plant. Looks good with Golden Creeping Jenny and Purple Ajuga.
On Feb 25, 2006, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is one of my favorite plants and I use it as a repeating theme in my gardens. It's a welcome dark splash of color against evergreen shrubs and taller perennials, like lillies. It thrives in full sun against my asphalt driveway, and also in the front of my perennial borders. This one poor plant has even been run over twice and came back just as beautiful as before. I use the large leaves and flowers as fillers in bouquets. It is mostly evergreen here and is just about a perfect garden plant in central Maryland.
On Feb 22, 2006, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
This cultivar belongs to a small group of Heuchera villosa or micrantha?There are quite a numbers of heuchera species, so cultivation is different between the species. It is just the mass market nurseries tend to put H. villosa in the same cultivation as other heucheras because of the name "Heuchera". This heuchera seem to prefer more shade than the other heuchera species. It gives purple foliage to the shade garden, which not much plants of the northern gardens does. The other heuchera species and cultivars except for maybe? some cutivar tend to decline in woodland shade and prefers at least two to four hours of direct sun. More research is needed to determine woodland shade tolerant of heucheras cutivars so they can be divided in groups based on light tolerance or other environmental.
For me, it does better with some sun. There is always a lot of nice new growth at the base, so when the older leaves start looking bad, I just cut it back. My information says it is hardy in zones 3-9.
Light aids germination of seeds.
Blooms June - October in my garden; flowers are insignificant.
On Dec 27, 2005, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
We've grown this one, in full sun, for years, without a problem. Once in awhile I get a burned leaf and just cut it off. Little enough work for such a great item for Color Echoes. I'd love to add newer varieties to our gardens this year.
On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
This plant was good in the begining, but soon after it was thining out and not looking to hot. I thought i was over feeding it or something, so i bought a new one but it did the same thing 2 months later. If someone was to be giving these away somewhere, even on the side of the road or at the garden center, i wouldnt take it.
On Nov 17, 2005, sdagutis from Oakton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
We first planted 11 in an area that got afternoon sun. They didn't like that one bit. I transplanted the 5 plants that survived to a bed that gets some filtered morning sun. They're doing much better. The deer or rabbits (not sure which) like them. The blooms last a long time and add lovely, delicate structure to the garden.
On Jul 13, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
I managed to confuse this with 'Chocolate Ruffles', so am changing my entry.. In my opinion, 'Palace Purple' is mildly above average - habit is a bit floppy and foliage just can't compete with 'Chocolate Ruffles'. Having said that, it's still a reliable plant.
On Jun 9, 2005, celia from Cleveland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Ahhhh, much disappointment. I bought Palace Purple to use in a large window box that gets about 5 hours of afternoon sun. The leaves have gotten very burnt. It's a lovely color, but if I can't use it there, I'll have to replace it with ......maybe purple sweet potato vine.
On Apr 14, 2005, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have plants in both partial shade and full sun areas. The ones in part shade don't grow or color much - they just fill space. But the ones in full sun are beautiful specimens. (They were transplanted from the part shade area.)
On Apr 13, 2005, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Very nice looking plant and gets bigger with age. I read all the negatives about this plant. I also noticed that the zones were very close from the negatives. This is an extremely hardy plant. Therefore consideration should be taken for this...as the sun and air doesn't get as hot in cooler zones. Therefore this is an excellent plant for shade in zones 3-7. I have plants in full shade and full sun. The ones in full sun seem to have a more color. It can take neglect and somewhat drought tolerant.
On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
'Palace Purple' is widely available, and inexpensive. I bought a six-pack of plants to stick in assorted bare spots in dry shade, and they have all done well. It may not be the most "fashionable" variety, but it is more vigorous than most, more tolerant of abuse than most, and it should definitely be considered a very serviceable plant.
On Oct 16, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I've used several cultivars of Heuchura in various places in my gardens. They seem equally at home here (zone 5) whether they're planted in a moist shady, sunny moist, or shady well-drained bed. I've moved and divided these with ease. In fact, one clump I had to move came apart in several sections, a few of which I didn't take much care in planting, and they've all made themselves quite at home and are growing beautifully.
My main cultivar is Palace Purple. However, I have another and I'm not sure what it is, as there are several out that are similar (green/ white veined). The green cultivar is not quite as productive as the Palace Purple. All in all, a nice little plant that will give good contrast and stand up to being browsed by deer in winter - yet spring back to double it's size next year. A "thumbs up" plant!
I love the leaves on Palace Purple, but after two years, it died. I put in partial shade because I live in Alabama. The summers get very hot. I still want to buy some more, and see if I can get them to grow. Marie
On Jun 18, 2004, vapgraham from Warrenville, IL wrote:
I live in the Chicago area and have had 'Purple Palace' for eight years with most intense color in full sun. A few years ago, I moved several to a mass planting in order to get a nicer effect from the flower. This spring (which was wet) I side-dressed them with compost and they have nearly doubled in size with huge 7 inch purple (green undertone) maple-shaped leaves. They are truly striking! The plants aren't all uniform in color or size but I like the variation which provides texture to the grouping.
On Jun 17, 2004, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
In Houston, I have this planted in part shade and it has done well for 1 1/2 year. However, I did not expect it to be so slooooooow. Will only buy more if I find a bargain (like under $1 a plant). The database describes it as deciduous, but mine did not die last winter (well, houston winter), it just looked a little sad.
On May 25, 2004, Gayle0000 from Bloomington, IL wrote:
My favorite heuchera! I'm in zone 5b (central IL). 4 are on the west side of the house and get sun from sunrise to about noon. These are mulched, they do not crisp at the edges, and are approximately 2 feet tall (foliage only). Soil is good. I have 2 on the south side in full sun. Both of these are mulched, and get about 1 foot tall (foliage only). Edges start crisping about late July for those in full sun. Soil is clay. All are approximately 9 years old, and have never been divided.
On May 18, 2004, vagardener from Springfield, VA wrote:
My Purple Palace Heuchera have been slow, but steady growers. I thought I lost two out of three after last winter, but they have rebounded quite nicely. I love the foliage and the contrast they provide in the garden. Mine grow in a shady border, but they receive around two or three hours of intense mid to late afternoon sun without any ill effects.
On May 16, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
I agree with the other comments above: Needs shade, moist soil, and the flowers are so diminutive that I cut them off because they detract from the leaves. In spring the new growth is very colorful and then it fades somewhat as the season progresses. Mine has lasted for many years, so I can give a positive rating as far as that goes. Saw this for sale many places again this year, which is a bit surprising for how long it has been around.
On May 15, 2004, Bluejaytoo from Columbia Falls, MT wrote:
I live in zone 3 and there aren't very many decorative plants that want to live here. I bought the Purple palace as a part shade filler. To my suprise it came back this year and looks great. It is full and looks healthy. Not bad for a .99 cents.
On Aug 6, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:
My experience with the purple leaved coralbells has not been good. The "tag" said "sun to light shade," but I found the leaves burned even in light shade, and after three years the raggedy looking plants had faded and disappeared. But my seed grown, green leafed coral bells spread throughout the same large azalea bed, and the red flowers made a pretty picture with white foxglove in an Atlanta suburb, zone 7b. And the purple leafed plants were a lot more expensive than the seed package, so I think the purple type was a definite waste of money.
On Aug 5, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Of the vast variety of "dark-leaved" heucheras, this is not necessarily my favorite. And, yes, if you have hot summers, you cannot plant the dark-leaved varieties in full sun - they "fry"! Palace Purple is the best known, probably because it was one of the first dark colors - I can think of others that are more attractive; purple petticoats and cathedral windows for example. I do not believe that any of the purple-leaved cultivars flower as "showy" as the green or variegated-green varieties.
On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is a seed-grown strain, rather than clonal cuttings, so the plants vary wildly. Growing them in light shade seems to protect the foliage from burn, and on some of the superior forms, the flowers make a light, airy effect that is highly appealing.
Palace Purple does not seem as prone to develop woody stems that need to be divided as frequently as some of the other heuchera types, although this varies widely by plant.
On Nov 20, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
I've seen heucheras listed as sun, drought-resistant plants on occasion, but that hasn't worked here for me in zone 9 coastal Nor. CA. They seem to like partial shade much better, and definitely need adequate moisture. In the inland CA areas one would have to consider them a light shade plant. Nice foliage, but I can't say I admire the flowers much. Need to be planted 'en masse' in order to have any effect, rather like statice.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (4 reports) Moody, Alabama Bear Creek, Alaska Kenai, Alaska Clinton, Arkansas Fort Smith, Arkansas Hesperia, California (2 reports) Lompoc, California Los Angeles, California Merced, California San Francisco, California Peyton, Colorado Barkhamsted, Connecticut Winsted, Connecticut Keystone Heights, Florida Decatur, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Aurora, Illinois Cherry Valley, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Niles, Illinois Nilwood, Illinois Peoria, Illinois Plainfield, Illinois Washington, Illinois Galena, Indiana Inwood, Iowa Sioux City, Iowa Tracy, Iowa Fairway, Kansas Barbourville, Kentucky Barlow, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Hebron, Kentucky Halfway, Maryland West Friendship, Maryland Boxford, Massachusetts Dracut, Massachusetts Milton, Massachusetts Reading, Massachusetts Saugus, Massachusetts Brighton, Michigan Fountain, Michigan Ludington, Michigan Owosso, Michigan Plainwell, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Hopkins, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota Woodland, Minnesota Young America, Minnesota Mathiston, Mississippi , Missouri Belton, Missouri Hoberg, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Lincoln, Nebraska Reno, Nevada Sparks, Nevada Pinardville, New Hampshire Cape May Court House, New Jersey Medford Lakes, New Jersey Pittstown, New Jersey , New York Binghamton, New York Brockport, New York Chemung, New York Clifton Park, New York Elba, New York Granville, New York Greene, New York Mechanicville, New York Southold, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina Stallings, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Amherst, Ohio Blue Ash, Ohio Carlisle, Ohio Clyde, Ohio Coshocton, Ohio Fort Jennings, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Garrettsville, Ohio Glouster, Ohio New Miami, Ohio Williamsburg, Ohio Hulbert, Oklahoma , Ontario Portland, Oregon (2 reports) Springfield, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Jamison, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania Shippensburg, Pennsylvania Scituate, Rhode Island Conway, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Christiana, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Middle Valley, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Rockwood, Tennessee Borger, Texas Desoto, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Richmond, Texas Wells, Texas Fruit Heights, Utah Magna, Utah West Valley City, Utah Big Stone Gap, Virginia Chantilly, Virginia Disputanta, Virginia Fairlawn, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Linden, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Nokesville, Virginia Oakton, Virginia Tazewell, Virginia Vienna, Virginia West Springfield, Virginia Arlington, Washington Inglewood-finn Hill, Washington Seattle, Washington (2 reports) Vancouver, Washington Washougal, Washington Lesage, West Virginia Appleton, Wisconsin (2 reports) Augusta, Wisconsin Birchwood, Wisconsin Ellsworth, Wisconsin Ladysmith, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Omro, Wisconsin Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin Watertown, Wisconsin