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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hairy Alumroot

I have several "Hairy Alumroot" plants in my garden. But I like to call them "Heuchera" as in "Hew-ker-ah" because Hairy Alumroot sounds like, well, who names a plant after its root characteristics anyway, if that is even how it got its name?

So I go with Hew-ker-ah, because of the genus name Heuchera.

This is Heuchera villosa 'Caramel', one of several new Hairy Alumroot Heucheras growing in my garden.

Some day, I'll post pictures of all of them - 'Autumn Bride', 'Mocha', 'Citronella'.

Heuchera villosa is a native plant and someone or someone(s) are doing a great job of breeding new colors into it.

'Caramel' is my favorite.

(I also like chocolate covered caramels, but that has nothing to do with why I like this plant. It's all about the leaf colors on this one!)

5 comments:

Dave said...

I don't have 'Caramel' but I do have 'Mocha' and like it. My favorite has to be 'Silver Scrolls' but I like almost all of them!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

As I was reading the "hairy..." I thought, those look like heucheras to me. It's good I kept reading to see that they are indeed one of those lovely new heucheras. I wonder if I have room for some more.

Liz said...

I have never heard of the common name hair alumroot,but I don't think I've seen H. villosa out here much either.

Patty said...

I also am a big fan of Heuchera. I've never heard the common name hairy alumroot, but have seen it referenced as Coral Bells. I'm looking for the caramel variety this weekend - beautiful!

fairegarden said...

Those Villosas are the only ones that do well in my garden. I have one called Brownies that seems to be the same as Mocha. I like both names and all of them that are named for food. Caramel is an excellent garden plant and food. Latest addition: Tiramisu. :-)