Heuchera ‘Purple Petticoats’

Heuchera ‘Purple Petticoats’ on 5-1-09, #12-35.

Heuchera ‘Purple Petticoats’

I brought my Heuchera ‘Purple Petticoats’ home from Lowe’s in 2012 when I was living at the mansion in Mississippi. It did well for a while then just slowly died… I didn’t try any other Heuchera while I was there.

Heuchera ‘Purple Petticoats’ is a Terra Nova introduction.

Family: Saxifragaceae
Zones: USDA Zones 4a-9 (-30-20° F)
Size: 12” tall x 24” wide.
Light: Sun to full shade
Soil: Rich, moist, well-drained soil
Water: Average. Prefers moist soil but not wet.
Flowers: White flowers on 28” stems spring through summer
Propagation: From division after three years.

Although information suggests they do well in full sun to part shade, I have found their leaves burn in too much sun. I prefer light to part shade and where I grow them they get a combination of both, depending on the time of the summer.

In mild winters, their leaves will remain evergreen but in cold winters they will completely die back. They are sensitive to frost heaving like Hosta so you may need to mulch your Heuchera AFTER the ground freezes. This will help keep their ground frozen somewhat. Continual freezing and thawing will heave their roots up losing contact with the soil. They don’t need much mulch, though, because they still need good drainage over the winter.

Heuchera only requires a little maintenance. Trim off dead or damaged leaves in the spring and throughout the summer. Deadhead spent flowers to keep them looking tidy.

Although they do like consistently moist soil, they do not want it overly wet. They become fairly drought tolerant once established.

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