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Herbaceous Perennial

Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'PBR

alum root 'Berry Smoothie'

A clump-forming perennial, with rounded, lobed leaves, to 10cm across, which form a mound 40cm high and which open metallic rose-pink in spring and gradually darken to purple-pink, and panicles to 70cm high of creamy white flowers, flushed with pale pink, in early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink
Summer Pink Cream Pink Pink Purple
Autumn Pink Purple
Winter Pink Purple
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Saxifragaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Heuchera are more or less evergreen, clump-forming perennials with attractive, rounded, shallowly palmately lobed leaves and racemes or panicles of small, tubular flowers, often with colourful calyces

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in partial or full shade, and mulch every year; the rootstock tends to push upwards, so every few years, in late summer or early autumn, divide and re-plant with only the crown above ground

Propagation

Propagate by division in late summer or early autumn; propagation for resale is prohibited without a licence

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

No pruning required, but old leaves and flower stems may be removed to improve appearance

Pests

May be susceptible to leaf and bud eelworms and vine weevil

Diseases

May be affected by heuchera rust

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