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Coral Bells, Alumroot, Coralbells, Alum Root 'Frosted Violet'


Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Frosted Violet
Additional cultivar information:(PP15085)
Hybridized by Oliver
Registered or introduced: 2002
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Light Shade

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


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:

Flowers are good for cutting

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:


Carmichael, California

Cordele, Georgia

Evanston, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Silver Lake, Minnesota

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Marlton, New Jersey

Coshocton, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Newport News, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Minocqua, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 7, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is one of the more durable and beautiful Heucheras, with a leaf color that's unique (and difficult to photograph). Like most, it varies with temperature and time of year, but much of the year it's a silvery violet-mauve patterned with darker veins. There are short hairs on the leaf surface that give it an iridescent appearance like crushed velvet.

The leaves are evergreen here (Z6a) and form a mound 12" high by 18" wide.

The flower scapes at 30" are too tall for the size of the plant and topple without support. They are produced all through the summer, which means they need to be cut down repeatedly. Still, I think this plant is worth the extra work.

This has the heat tolerance of its H. villosa parentage. Soil should be well drained with c... read more


On Mar 25, 2012, Tina_Marie from Carmichael, CA wrote:

Beautiful plant. I am just starting a small flower bed (18ft long and only about 14inches wide) adjacent to a winding sidewalk. I have dwarf mondo grass and frosted violet coral bells. I need another perennial that will look great with the coral bells. What color and plant would you suggest? Orange? Pink? White?
Thank you for your help,


On Jul 18, 2011, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

This one seems to need to be kept moist despite being in shade with morning sun.


On Jul 16, 2011, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Photos just don't do this Heuchera justice. I was shocked at how great looking it was when I came across it in a nursery. The leaves are slighltly textured, not as much as a "marmalade" but similar, and the shade of black-purple is different from most 'purple' heucheras I have seen. The metalic frosting on the surface of the leaves really shows.


On Mar 3, 2003, primrosepath wrote:

'Frosted Violet' has foliage to about 12" and flowers to about 30". The new leaves are an unusual and beautiful violet-pink color, fading to bronze-green in summer. In winter the foliage turns dark bluish-violet. The flowers are like pink seed pearls; plants bloom late spring to late summer.