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PlantFiles: Alpine Heuchera, Mountain Saxifrage
Heuchera glabra

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Species: glabra (GLAY-bruh) (Info)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Weezingreens On Nov 15, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Heuchera glabra grows in the mountains around our town of Seward on the coast of South-central Alaska. It's range is from the Alaska Peninsula following along the coast all the way through the Panhandle to Oregon, as well as the Aleutian Chain, favoring moist, rocky areas.

H. glabra has a clumping habit, its leaves 3-5 lobed and slightly hairy on the underside. The 5-petaled tiny, whitish flowers appear in groups of three along a branched stem of 10-16".


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

Seward, Alaska
Beulah, Michigan
Salt Lake City, Utah

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