Heuchera Micrantha Palace Purple
Heuchera Micrantha Palace Purple flowering
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Heuchera Micrantha Palace Purple or Palace Purple Coral Bells
The Heuchera micrantha Palace Purple is also commonly referred to as the Palace Purple Coral Bells. The diminutive garden perennial is treasured for its brilliant bronze foliage that showcases its abundant summertime pink flowers. The burgundy leaves are characteristically shaped similar to that of the grape plant or ivy varieties. An evergreen, its bright leaves add year-round colour to the garden after many plants fade or dieback.
The Palace Purple Coral Bells grow in partial or full sun. It is a favourite woodland garden plant because of its ability to thrive with only dappled sunlight beneath a heavy canopy of trees. The plant’s foliage generally grows in a clumping fashion and stands approximately 30 inches in height. The flower spikes rise up above the leaves to a height of about 60 centimeters.
The dainty blossoms of Heuchera micrantha Palace Purple attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and moths to the garden. They are a favourite flower to cut and create a wildflower bouquet. The flower display is always treasured when grown beneath trees where most plants fail to produce blooms.
Heuchera micrantha Palace Purple makes an ideal woodland garden addition. It also creates the perfect ambiance in a cottage-style landscape. The plant can also be grown as a taller than average ground cover. It readily spreads and tolerates transplanting.
For best growth, keep the soil around the Palace Purple Coral Bells moist but not overly wet. Ideally, watering once a week during the dry season is all that is needed for the plant to flourish. It is advised that dead foliage is clipped away and spent flower heads removed to keep the plant looking tidy. Removing the flower panicles also encourages the plant to produce more flowers and extends the bloom season substantially. Every two or three years the plant clumps require dividing and transplanting to new garden locations.
A perennial, the Heuchera micrantha will survive even harsh winters. In areas, with mild winters the foliage will remain vibrant, but in regions, with harsh freezing conditions the plant’s foliage will dieback to the ground but remerge in the spring renewed. It is advised that a two or three-inch layer of mulch be spread across the soil's surface during the winter months after the foliage dies. The mulch keeps the soil from heaving the plant’s roots upward.
The Palace Purple Coral Bells are highly treasured because they add stark colours to the garden and virtually non-stop summertime flowers.
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