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Heuchera 'Chocolate Ruffles'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Chocolate Ruffles

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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:

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 4, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Solid deep-maroon-chocolate leaves with heavily ruffled edged and royal purple undersides. Strong purple spikes 30" tall carry an abundance of small purplish flowers. Used as a ground cover and cut flowers; attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Positive fluffygrue On Oct 28, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fantastic plant - I had this confused with 'Palace Purple' for a while, but this is far superior. It has lovely ruffly leaves and a good, full habit.

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Just about indestructible

Positive GardenAnnie On Jul 17, 2003, GardenAnnie from Marengo, IA wrote:

This mature plant has been in my garden for 5 years. It is in full sun on a south facing bermed bed in average to clayish soil and is a striking plant, nearly always eliciting positive comments from visitors. It is 32 inches wide and the foliage is 12 inches tall....bloom stalks obviously taller. The blooms have little impact but the foliage is large, ruffled and very dramatic. This ruffled mound is a nice texture variation on the burgandy of crimson pygmy barberry.


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

Oxford, Connecticut
Cordele, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Marengo, Iowa
Sparks, Nevada
Yonkers, New York
Coshocton, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
Oakton, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
Appleton, Wisconsin

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