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Herbaceous Perennial

Heuchera 'Silver Gumdrop' (Dolce Series)
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alum root 'Silver Gumdrop'

'Silver Gumdrop' is a compact, clump-forming variety with purple silvery-grey leaves and upright stems which produce panicles of small bell-shaped, red to pink flowers from late spring to 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 Red Purple Grey Silver
Summer Pink Red Purple Grey Silver
Autumn Purple Grey Silver
Winter Purple Grey Silver
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Saxifragaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi 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

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

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

Pests

Prone to vine weevils and leaf and bud eelworm

Diseases

May be affected by heuchera rust

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