Coral Bells, Alumroot, Coralbells, Alum Root '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:

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)

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

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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

Just about indestructible


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.