Heuchera villosa 'Bronze Wave' - Hairy Alumroot
Heuchera villosa 'Bronze Wave' - Hairy Alumroot

Heuchera villosa 'Bronze Wave' - Hairy Alumroot

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Hairy Alumroot
Heuchera villosa 'Bronze Wave'

Heuchera villosa 'Bronze Wave' has shiny, almost lacquered looking bronze to red brown foliage. In early fall small whitish flowers hover above the foliage on long stems. It makes a lovely shade groundcover that can happily compete with tree roots and come out looking good. Big, 6-8" diameter bronze-purple leaves make this plant a bold presence in the garden and they serve as a backdrop for the long stems of pink flowers that rise above the foliage from May through July. Groupings give shady areas a shot of color and provide great critter cover!

BENEFITS
  • Outstanding foliage display
  • Nectar source for hummingbirds
  • Provides cover for small wildlife
  • Will grow in dry shade under hardwood trees
  • Great deer resistant edging plant or groundcover

NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Heuchera villosa is found in rocky outcrops and cliffs from New York to Missouri, south to Mississippi and Georgia. 

Beneficial to wildlife and grows well from the eastern US west to the Mountain States in all areas, except southern Florida and Texas.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS
Heuchera villosa is one of the largest leaved Alumroots and makes a great native substitute for Hosta in the shady border.

 

GROWING TIPS

Grow in part sun to full shade in moist of average soil. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Trim to crown in late Fall.

 

Mature Size: 18-24in. Tall x 18-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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    A Special Note About Exposure

    Full sun: Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day
    Partial shade: Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine
    Shade: Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.

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