Alumroot foliage. Photo: Miri Talabac, University of Maryland Extension

Updated: July 12, 2022

About alumroot

Heuchera americana
Herbaceous flowering perennial 
Saxifrage family

Maryland distribution: piedmont and mountain regions

Height: 1 - 2 feet

alumroot in flower
Alumroot in flower. Photo: Miri Talabac, University of Maryland Extension

Blooms: small, greenish-white flowers appear on stalks above the foliage in late spring; long bloom period; remove stalks once flowers fade to encourage additional blooms
Sun: part sun to full shade; performs better with afternoon shade, especially in drier soils
Soil: dry to moist well-drained soils or rocky slopes

Garden use & maintenance: an excellent, low-maintenance plant grown for its semi-evergreen to evergreen foliage; foliage coloration varies; can tolerate dry conditions; clumps can be divided every 3-4 years

Compiled by: Ria Malloy, Horticulturist & Program Coordinator, Home & Garden Information Center. 2022

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