Heuchera, Alum Root, Alumroot, Coral Bells, Coralbells 'Palace Purple'

Heuchera micrantha

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Species: micrantha (my-KRANTH-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Palace Purple
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly



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)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Moody, Alabama

Kenai, Alaska

Seward, Alaska

Clinton, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Hesperia, California(2 reports)

Lompoc, California

Los Angeles, California

Merced, California

San Francisco, California

Peyton, Colorado

Pleasant Valley, Connecticut

Winsted, Connecticut

Keystone Heights, Florida

Decatur, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Aurora, Illinois

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Niles, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Greenville, Indiana

Inwood, Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa

Tracy, Iowa

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Barlow, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Hagerstown, Maryland

West Friendship, Maryland

Boxford, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dracut, Massachusetts

Milton, Massachusetts

Reading, Massachusetts

Saugus, Massachusetts

Blissfield, Michigan

Brighton, Michigan

Fountain, Michigan

Grand Haven, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Isle, Minnesota

Kasota, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Young America, Minnesota

Mathiston, Mississippi

Belton, Missouri

Lees Summit, Missouri

Mount Vernon, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Reno, Nevada

Sparks, Nevada

Manchester, New Hampshire

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Medford, New Jersey

Pittstown, New Jersey

Binghamton, New York

Brockport, New York

Bronx, New York

Chemung, New York

Clifton Park, New York

Elba, New York

Granville, New York

Greene, New York

Mechanicville, New York

Southold, New York

Wellsville, New York

Clyde, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Matthews, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Amherst, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio(2 reports)

Clyde, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Fort Jennings, Ohio

Franklin, Ohio

Garrettsville, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Williamsburg, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Burritts Rapids, Ontario

Portland, Oregon(2 reports)

Springfield, Oregon

Jamison, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

North Scituate, Rhode Island

Cinisi, Sicily(2 reports)

Conway, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Clarksville, Tennessee

Hixson, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Rockwood, Tennessee

Borger, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Wells, Texas

Kaysville, Utah

Magna, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Chantilly, Virginia

Disputanta, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Nokesville, Virginia

Oakton, Virginia

Radford, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Tazewell, Virginia

Vienna, Virginia

Arlington, Washington

Arlington Heights, Washington

Kirkland, Washington

Oso, Washington

Seattle, Washington(2 reports)

Smokey Point, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Washougal, Washington

Lesage, West Virginia

Appleton, Wisconsin(2 reports)

Augusta, Wisconsin

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Ladysmith, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

New Lisbon, Wisconsin

Omro, Wisconsin

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Watertown, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2016, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

I've had Palace Purple for many years. Requires no care. I have it in full sun in zone 4b with no problem. I have many heucheras and this is the only one that does well in full sun. The color is less spectacular than newer varieties but looks great next to the bluish sedum I have planted around it. I've never tried splitting it but apparently I should.


On Sep 19, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A valuable ornamental for its purple leaf color, more or less evergreen even here (though it often looks ragged in late winter). It can look a little dull by itself, but it can make the colors of contrasting companions pop.

This has done well for me, unlike many more modern (and often fancier) hybrids. Unlike many of them, it's tough, hardy, vigorous, and long-lived. I even sometimes find a seedling or two. Seedling leaf color can vary a little, but usually looks much like the parent's.

Plants in commerce can be variable, as before tissue culture became standard, 'Palace Purple' was usually grown from seed rather than propagated from cuttings. Purchased plants from different sources can vary considerably in leaf color and texture (glossy/matt).

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On Aug 30, 2014, KariGrows from New Lisbon, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I am so surprised at my Palace Purple. I have them in numerous areas, and they do very well, shade, part shade, and half sun (afternoon!) . In fact they do so well that one in the part sun has self seeded numerous small babies! These are just right in front of the main plant, and are not invasive at all. I have been able to gift my friends with small Palace Purple plants! I think this is a wonderful plant, and all of my plants are very strong and came through our last zone 4 brutal winter quite well. Some of my more recently planted heucheras of other colors had trouble with heaving or parts dying out, not ANY of my Palace Purple Heucheras..
I just noticed the description said they will not set seed or will not reproduce the same, That is not true. I have one plant that grew up und... read more


On Dec 9, 2013, sernja2007 from Raleigh, NC wrote:

Raleigh, North Carolina
I planted in shade, with light dappled sun, mulch , and water in the hot summer. I plant in clumps like hosta. Since the deer ruined ALL my expensive hosta, eating them to the ground repeatedly, I replaced the hosta with masses of heuchera. So far, the deer do not touch them, and the color brightens up the shady area. I read above some folks had trouble with rabbits, but so far that has not happened to mine.


On Sep 20, 2013, Mipii from (Robin) Blissfield, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have had this plant for over 5 years and it still looks beautiful in almost full shade (under a dense maple tree). It spreads nicely and looks divine amongst the carex and fringed bleeding heart.


On Sep 4, 2011, calicogardener from Clifton Park, NY wrote:

zone 5 - first heuchera I ever got when it first became popular..have divided it many times and have it in many spots - both part sun/pt shade/shade doing great in all - didn't like the full sun, got parched looking. In Aug, they all now have huge sprays of the tiny white flowers -the bees have returned and loving them - also have a few that sprung up from their seeds


On Aug 14, 2011, tobydog60 from Omro, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I planted 'Palace Purple' about 2 years ago when I moved into this house and I'm very pleased with how it's growing.

There are 2 black chokeberry shrubs (youngsters at about 3 feet tall), and a very large purple coneflower and penstemon on the south side of this plant. It gets maybe an hour or two of direct sun but otherwise is in mostly (but not heavy) shade (lots of indirect sunshine). As the shrubs get taller and wider, I'll see if I will need to move Palace Purple.

Growing well, survives my zone 4 winters so far. It always has a lot of snow cover over it, so is insulated well.

The soil was worked deeply - excellent drainage - and had been used as a burn pit in a previous life. The plants all seem to like it -- must be the wood ash.
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On Aug 10, 2011, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

Reading over the previous comments about this plant, and growing it in two locations as I do (Wisconsin & Nebraska), I would have to say that it does MUCH better in Wisconsin. I think it does not like unrelieved hot weather - it can stand the days as long as the nights are cool. It also likes morning sun more than afternoon sun. In hot afternoon sun, even in Wisconsin the leaves become more copper colored than plum colored. Where it is growing in morning sun, it is looking great in Wisconsin, even tho we've had a couple weeks in the '90's in this 2011 heat record setting year, because our nights are cool.


On Jul 15, 2011, LouC from Desoto, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Have to agree with those that say it just slowly disappears.

This summer has been especially hard. They are in dappled shade but the leaves are still scorched and drooping. Going to dig all 8 plants and put them in a galvanized tub in an attempt to save them. I love the look but they are very difficult to maintain.


On Jun 13, 2011, jcook45 from Franklin, OH wrote:

I have several Palace Purple Coralbells that have done wonderful and thrived in morning sun/afternoon shade. They provide an excellent color to complement any landscape and the hummingbirds love the delicate flowers. These are low maintenance plants for the most part. I am rating it neutral solely because I have had three or four just slowly die and disappear. My mother and neighbors have as well. No real signs of struggle; they just shrink in overall size down to just the root system.


On Apr 15, 2011, nodeerforme from Medford, NJ wrote:

They grow rather well in my sandy South Jersey soil. Deer seem to leave them alone, but groundhogs love them (and pulmonaria and purple coneflower). I bought some more to replace what the neighborhood groundhog destroyed, but I planted them in a part of my property that the critter doesn't visit. I love these plants; they are gorgeous and add such a fabulous contrast.


On Nov 5, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Palace Purple was the first type of heuchera I planted, and it is one of the best. This variety can tolerate anything from full shade to almost full sun. It heaves less than most in Zone 4a, divides and rebounds extremely well, and lends a nice bronzey-purple color to the garden.


On Jun 12, 2010, kathiekase from Jamison, PA wrote:

I have these planted around my mailbox (full sun near Philly, PA). I have them interspersed with pachysandra. I was so surprised how well both do in the sun. I always get many compliments about how that bed looks--I've used different annuals to brighten it up in the summer. They look wonderful with Hawaii blue ageratum. I also currently have yellow coreopsis and some daylilies in the bed. The leaf shape and color is pretty. In the spring I cut back the old leaves to allow the new ones to emerge. They give enough shade to keep the weeds at bay, and have shaded the pansies that I planted this spring so that they still look pretty in the hot June sun.


On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've grown these in containers quite a bit in central texas, bc I like the size and foliage. They have always down well for me. Don't overwater them, they'll just dissapear. Bright dappled shade seems to be best, but mine this year got sun starting at 3pm and did fine. Tend to look better in spring/fall and go into a "holding pattern" over the summer.


On Sep 21, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

These plants are wonderful performers for me. Iv'e have mine for well over 10 years. All I do is dig up a few and spread them around the yard. Very easy. They also blossom for me almost all summer. Very easy to grow. It get light shade all day and love its spot in the yard.


On Jun 27, 2008, agertz from Washougal, WA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Here in southwest WA, this plant gets eaten by the deer! Just thought I should mention that, since it's on several local nursery deer resistant lists. Also, in the hot and dry of the summer here, it can get burned mid July. Mine's in a pot and I move it to the side of the deck that gets about 5 hrs of morning sun once the rains stop in June. It thrives, unless my husband moves the pot too close to the edge of the deck.

Deer candy in these parts!


On May 11, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

the tag on mine also says part shade (3-6 hours of sun) , and thats pretty much wrong. Ours are planted in full shade and thrive there, at one point my boyfreind had them in part sun and they were almost dead within a few days.


On Jan 10, 2008, Jax4ever from Boxford, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is a strong positive IF:
You live in a cooler zone and/or want to use it as a "filler" for a mixed shady border (and have enough ferns!) They aren't for a stand-alone focal specimens, but they set off hostas beautifully! It's nice to have a dark leaf to make the bright green and white hostas just pop! Adding some coleus in there during the summer is great, too.
They aren't for the tropics or hot spots, but ideal for moist, shady woodland gardens.


On Jun 28, 2007, lee_ro from Raleigh, NC wrote:

When I moved into the house I'm presently living in I delighted in discovering the variety of plants I inherited in the gardens and gladly added more. I have just located the plant tag in a kitchen drawer for Coral Bells, positively identifying what I thought to be some kind of begonia nestled unobtrusively behind some sedum and azalea bushes in the front border garden. It is mostly obscured by the sedum and is too low to the ground to be noticed, although when you peek beyond the sedum they are a surprise patch of interesting color. Mine either have yet to bloom or I've never noticed them in bloom; the tag says "Beautiful cut flower". Mine is planted in mostly shade. Not impressive, but not horribly offensive either, it is welcome where it is.


On Mar 3, 2007, dmac085 from Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is the first heuchera I purchased. I found a 6 pack at a Wmart for about $2 5 or 6 years ago and have had them planted in containers every since. They are in a partial sun/shade situation and seem to be doing fine. The purple leaves are rather dull to me and the flowers are fairly blah too. It does reseed and I've got one now growing up from the base deck of my patio. Seed is easily collected.


On Aug 30, 2006, TKSinVA from Nokesville, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Here in Manassas,VA I have several Purple Palace coral bells planted under the edge of our deck facing east. They are doing very well and look great among the native ferns that grow there. I was pleasantly surprised to see hummingbirds feeding from the tiny flowers.


On Jun 21, 2006, Erynne from Orangeville, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

I gave this heuch a neutral rating only because I feel that there are nicer-looking dark heuchs out there. I planted this one in Sept 2005 and it came through our winter no problem and actually provided some winter interest. So far this year, the colouring is good and it is at least 2 1/2 times the size it was when I initially planted it. It receives a fair amount of mid-afternoon sun (pt sun) and never shows signs of burn.


On Jun 5, 2006, RonniePitman wrote:

Burned up here in central Texas summer, even in shade.


On Mar 10, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

Great plant for part shade. Flowers early/mid-summer but because of the nature of the flowers on this variety they look almost the same when their spent or at full bloom so it kinda flowers all summer!!! Great plant. Looks good with Golden Creeping Jenny and Purple Ajuga.


On Feb 25, 2006, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite plants and I use it as a repeating theme in my gardens. It's a welcome dark splash of color against evergreen shrubs and taller perennials, like lillies. It thrives in full sun against my asphalt driveway, and also in the front of my perennial borders. This one poor plant has even been run over twice and came back just as beautiful as before. I use the large leaves and flowers as fillers in bouquets. It is mostly evergreen here and is just about a perfect garden plant in central Maryland.


On Feb 22, 2006, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This cultivar belongs to a small group of Heuchera villosa or micrantha?There are quite a numbers of heuchera species, so cultivation is different between the species. It is just the mass market nurseries tend to put H. villosa in the same cultivation as other heucheras because of the name "Heuchera". This heuchera seem to prefer more shade than the other heuchera species. It gives purple foliage to the shade garden, which not much plants of the northern gardens does. The other heuchera species and cultivars except for maybe? some cutivar tend to decline in woodland shade and prefers at least two to four hours of direct sun. More research is needed to determine woodland shade tolerant of heucheras cutivars so they can be divided in groups based on light tolerance or other environmental.


On Jan 15, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

For me, it does better with some sun. There is always a lot of nice new growth at the base, so when the older leaves start looking bad, I just cut it back. My information says it is hardy in zones 3-9.

Light aids germination of seeds.

Blooms June - October in my garden; flowers are insignificant.


On Dec 27, 2005, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

We've grown this one, in full sun, for years, without a problem. Once in awhile I get a burned leaf and just cut it off. Little enough work for such a great item for Color Echoes. I'd love to add newer varieties to our gardens this year.


On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant was good in the begining, but soon after it was thining out and not looking to hot. I thought i was over feeding it or something, so i bought a new one but it did the same thing 2 months later. If someone was to be giving these away somewhere, even on the side of the road or at the garden center, i wouldnt take it.


On Nov 17, 2005, sdagutis from Oakton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

We first planted 11 in an area that got afternoon sun. They didn't like that one bit. I transplanted the 5 plants that survived to a bed that gets some filtered morning sun. They're doing much better. The deer or rabbits (not sure which) like them. The blooms last a long time and add lovely, delicate structure to the garden.


On Nov 5, 2005, tyshee from Kenai, AK wrote:

This is one of the hardiest coral bells for my zone. Very strong plant.


On Aug 26, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

I planted mine in one spot in part sun and shade two years ago and haven't touched it since. It does great right where it is and I actually love the inconspicuous blooms.


On Jul 13, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I managed to confuse this with 'Chocolate Ruffles', so am changing my entry.. In my opinion, 'Palace Purple' is mildly above average - habit is a bit floppy and foliage just can't compete with 'Chocolate Ruffles'. Having said that, it's still a reliable plant.


On Jun 11, 2005, theresamendoza from Hesperia, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I grow this plant in zone 8, a high desert area. It gets very little sun and does okay but is a heavy water user. Will wilt easily on hot days.


On Jun 9, 2005, celia from Cleveland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Ahhhh, much disappointment. I bought Palace Purple to use in a large window box that gets about 5 hours of afternoon sun. The leaves have gotten very burnt. It's a lovely color, but if I can't use it there, I'll have to replace it with ......maybe purple sweet potato vine.


On Apr 14, 2005, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have plants in both partial shade and full sun areas. The ones in part shade don't grow or color much - they just fill space. But the ones in full sun are beautiful specimens. (They were transplanted from the part shade area.)


On Apr 13, 2005, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very nice looking plant and gets bigger with age. I read all the negatives about this plant. I also noticed that the zones were very close from the negatives. This is an extremely hardy plant. Therefore consideration should be taken for this...as the sun and air doesn't get as hot in cooler zones. Therefore this is an excellent plant for shade in zones 3-7. I have plants in full shade and full sun. The ones in full sun seem to have a more color. It can take neglect and somewhat drought tolerant.


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

'Palace Purple' is widely available, and inexpensive. I bought a six-pack of plants to stick in assorted bare spots in dry shade, and they have all done well. It may not be the most "fashionable" variety, but it is more vigorous than most, more tolerant of abuse than most, and it should definitely be considered a very serviceable plant.


On Oct 16, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've used several cultivars of Heuchura in various places in my gardens. They seem equally at home here (zone 5) whether they're planted in a moist shady, sunny moist, or shady well-drained bed. I've moved and divided these with ease. In fact, one clump I had to move came apart in several sections, a few of which I didn't take much care in planting, and they've all made themselves quite at home and are growing beautifully.

My main cultivar is Palace Purple. However, I have another and I'm not sure what it is, as there are several out that are similar (green/ white veined). The green cultivar is not quite as productive as the Palace Purple. All in all, a nice little plant that will give good contrast and stand up to being browsed by deer in winter - yet spring back to d... read more


On Jul 4, 2004, OMC from Dothan, AL wrote:

I love the leaves on Palace Purple, but after two years, it died. I put in partial shade because I live in Alabama. The summers get very hot. I still want to buy some more, and see if I can get them to grow. Marie


On Jun 18, 2004, vapgraham from Warrenville, IL wrote:

I live in the Chicago area and have had 'Purple Palace' for eight years with most intense color in full sun. A few years ago, I moved several to a mass planting in order to get a nicer effect from the flower. This spring (which was wet) I side-dressed them with compost and they have nearly doubled in size with huge 7 inch purple (green undertone) maple-shaped leaves. They are truly striking! The plants aren't all uniform in color or size but I like the variation which provides texture to the grouping.


On Jun 17, 2004, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

In Houston, I have this planted in part shade and it has done well for 1 1/2 year. However, I did not expect it to be so slooooooow. Will only buy more if I find a bargain (like under $1 a plant). The database describes it as deciduous, but mine did not die last winter (well, houston winter), it just looked a little sad.


On May 25, 2004, Gayle0000 from Bloomington, IL wrote:

My favorite heuchera! I'm in zone 5b (central IL). 4 are on the west side of the house and get sun from sunrise to about noon. These are mulched, they do not crisp at the edges, and are approximately 2 feet tall (foliage only). Soil is good. I have 2 on the south side in full sun. Both of these are mulched, and get about 1 foot tall (foliage only). Edges start crisping about late July for those in full sun. Soil is clay. All are approximately 9 years old, and have never been divided.


On May 18, 2004, vagardener from Springfield, VA wrote:

My Purple Palace Heuchera have been slow, but steady growers. I thought I lost two out of three after last winter, but they have rebounded quite nicely. I love the foliage and the contrast they provide in the garden. Mine grow in a shady border, but they receive around two or three hours of intense mid to late afternoon sun without any ill effects.


On May 16, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I agree with the other comments above: Needs shade, moist soil, and the flowers are so diminutive that I cut them off because they detract from the leaves. In spring the new growth is very colorful and then it fades somewhat as the season progresses. Mine has lasted for many years, so I can give a positive rating as far as that goes. Saw this for sale many places again this year, which is a bit surprising for how long it has been around.


On May 15, 2004, Bluejaytoo from Columbia Falls, MT wrote:

I live in zone 3 and there aren't very many decorative plants that want to live here. I bought the Purple palace as a part shade filler. To my suprise it came back this year and looks great. It is full and looks healthy. Not bad for a .99 cents.


On Aug 6, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

My experience with the purple leaved coralbells has not been good. The "tag" said "sun to light shade," but I found the leaves burned even in light shade, and after three years the raggedy looking plants had faded and disappeared. But my seed grown, green leafed coral bells spread throughout the same large azalea bed, and the red flowers made a pretty picture with white foxglove in an Atlanta suburb, zone 7b. And the purple leafed plants were a lot more expensive than the seed package, so I think the purple type was a definite waste of money.


On Aug 5, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Of the vast variety of "dark-leaved" heucheras, this is not necessarily my favorite. And, yes, if you have hot summers, you cannot plant the dark-leaved varieties in full sun - they "fry"! Palace Purple is the best known, probably because it was one of the first dark colors - I can think of others that are more attractive; purple petticoats and cathedral windows for example. I do not believe that any of the purple-leaved cultivars flower as "showy" as the green or variegated-green varieties.


On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a seed-grown strain, rather than clonal cuttings, so the plants vary wildly. Growing them in light shade seems to protect the foliage from burn, and on some of the superior forms, the flowers make a light, airy effect that is highly appealing.

Palace Purple does not seem as prone to develop woody stems that need to be divided as frequently as some of the other heuchera types, although this varies widely by plant.


On Nov 20, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've seen heucheras listed as sun, drought-resistant plants on occasion, but that hasn't worked here for me in zone 9 coastal Nor. CA. They seem to like partial shade much better, and definitely need adequate moisture. In the inland CA areas one would have to consider them a light shade plant. Nice foliage, but I can't say I admire the flowers much. Need to be planted 'en masse' in order to have any effect, rather like statice.