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Heuchera 'Swirling Fantasy'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Swirling Fantasy
Hybridized by Wijnhout; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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12-18 in. (30-45 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
Light 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:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From leaf cuttings

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Chris01029 On Jul 6, 2010, Chris01029 from East Otis, MA wrote:

Beautiful foliage in year 2 and what a flower show! By coral bell standards, the spikes are tall, strong, prolific, long-lasting, and a beautiful coral color against the purple foliage.

Positive Sneirish On Aug 8, 2008, Sneirish from Swansea, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love the foliage of this Coral Bells - the leaves are a beautiful combination of green, silver and purple. In their second year in my garden they grew to a nice-sized mound about two feet wide. They pretty much kept the color without fading. However, I wasn't at all impressed with the flowers. They were supposed to be red. They may have been, but they were so small, they were barely visible! Good thing the leaves are so pretty.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 21, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Burgundy foliage (more purplish in part-shade) with a pewter-metallic sheen on top. Flowers tend to bloom longer than many other Heuchera. Can reach a height of 12".


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

Burlingame, California
San Francisco, California
East Otis, Massachusetts
Lincoln, Nebraska
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Rockwood, Tennessee

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