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Gardening sheet heuchera pilosissima


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Gardening sheet heuchera pilosissima

  1. 1. *Seaside alumroot – Heuchera pilosissima (HOY(HEW)-ker-a pil-oh-SIS-ih-muh) Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family) Native to: Central and Northern coast from Santa Barbara to OR; shady, wooded, coastal slopes and coastal bluffs below 1000 ft. Growth characteristics: herbaceous perennial mature height: 1-2 ft. mature width: 1-2 ft. Evergreen, herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped, medium-green leaves. Plant is mounded, spreading by rhizomes from a basal rosette. Entire plant is densely hairy and glandular. Blooms/fruits: Blooms in spring, usually Mar-June. Flowers grow on tall, upright flowering stalks. Individual flowers are small, bell-shaped, pink flowers. The sexual parts (stamens and stigma) protrude from the narrow floral neck. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Tine seeds in dry capsules. Uses in the garden: Often used as a ground-cover plant in shady gardens. Plants and flowers look spectacular when massed. Compact shape gives it a neat appearance. Great for hummingbird gardens, shaded rock gardens or in containers. Great choice for immediate coast. Looks lovely paired with moisture-loving native ferns. Cultivar ‘Lillians’ Pink’ is widely available. Sensible substitute for: Non-native Heucheras and other non-native shade-loving perennials. Attracts: Excellent hummingbird habitat: also provides cover and seeds for seed-eaters. Requirements: Element Requirement Sun Part-shade to full shade. Soil Well-drained soils best; like slightly acidic pH (5.0-7.0). Water Regular water (Water Zones 2-3 to 3) in S. California. Fertilizer ½ strength once or twice a year if in pots. Other Organic mulch is fine. Management: Prune out dead leaves, flower stalks. Divide every 3-4 years, as needed. Watch for mealybugs and mildew during damp periods. Propagation: from seed: fresh seed in fall/winter by divisions: easy Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 5, 12, 46 11/29/15 © Project SOUND * not native to western Los Angeles County, but a CA native