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Heuchera 'Amethyst Myst'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Amethyst Myst
Additional cultivar information: (aka Amethyst Mist)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

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)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From leaf cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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9 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive killdawabbit On Jan 27, 2010, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Amethyst Myst is my best doer here. I've spread this one around my garden. Easy to propagate. I love it!

Positive stormyla On Nov 24, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This Heuchera is very attractive and has proven a lot hardier than some of my other varieities. It did not heave this winter, as many others did and it survived deluge conditions in the spring and drought conditions in July. It gets late afternoon sun in my garden.

Positive joanlc On Aug 14, 2008, joanlc from Perham, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:

I'm adding a note only to point out that it has grown well through three winters now in my Zone 3 garden; and last winter was definitely a "test" winter, for sustained cold. It is in a somewhat sheltered place - the wind doesn't get to that area, and it has consistent snow cover. The soil is sandy loam, and water is consistent. In my opinion, zone information is only one of several factors that affect plant survival, and often not the deciding one. I concur with the positive comments of others - fascinating foliage that changes shades slightly as it matures, and always a strong, healthy mound. Whenever I go by its garden, it catches my eye first, before all other plants. Plants with other colors of foliage make excellent companions.

Negative cme24 On Aug 12, 2007, cme24 from Ithaca, NY wrote:

Note that deer like to eat this and other heucheras.

Positive LeeAnne151 On Mar 20, 2007, LeeAnne151 from Portland, OR wrote:

'Amethyst Myst' is superior to the old 'Palace Purple' it is one of my favorite Heucheras and I grow close to two dozen of them. Has really nice color that doesn't fade and it is a more compact grower.

Make sure you bait for slugs if they are a problem in your area.

Otherwise the plant is care free except for watering in severe drought.

Positive sharonmi On Nov 14, 2005, sharonmi from Westland, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have several of these alum roots, and I really like them..even tore out my Palace Purple to replace with the Amethyst Mist (those were seed grown and quite variable, too much khaki green for my taste). I have them planted in the outer drip line of a med. size tree, a fairly dry area and they are thriving. They survived a very cold winter (but had lots of snow cover) and a very hot, dry summer.

Positive jamie68 On Jul 30, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very nice plant...lovely dark foliage!!! Takes some sun, but probably needs more shade in sunnier, hotter climates...

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 25, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this as a companion plant to my roses. It adds a lovely dark maroon color to the green landscape.

Negative CatskillKarma On Mar 21, 2005, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

This heuchera seemed more tender than others I have grown and only made it through two Catskill winters. The one in more sun did better than the one in more shade. It also seemed vulnerable to "watering" by the dog, which browned it up pretty badly. It was gorgeous while it lasted, though..

Positive smiln32 On Mar 20, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Stunning foliage. My absolute fave of all the heucheras.

Positive hotlanta On Feb 14, 2004, hotlanta from Lilburn, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I enjoy the color the leaves add to the winter garden. The plants do not go dorment in the Atlanta area. They are very versatile too. They can be grown in partial shade to sun; borders, beds or containers.


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

Conway, Arkansas
Arcata, California
Camarillo, California
Clayton, California
San Francisco, California
Berthoud, Colorado
Panama City, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Lilburn, Georgia
Roswell, Georgia
Hampton, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Hebron, Kentucky
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
South Easton, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Westland, Michigan
Perham, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Reno, Nevada
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Sicklerville, New Jersey
Teaneck, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Clyde, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Baker City, Oregon
Beaverton, Oregon
Gresham, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Jamison, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee
Cookeville, Tennessee
Palestine, Texas
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Herndon, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Linden, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Kirkland, Washington
Puyallup, Washington (2 reports)
Vancouver, Washington
Appleton, Wisconsin
Belleville, Wisconsin
Minocqua, Wisconsin

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