Heuchera 'Red Lightning' Description
A very special heuchera with next-level color!
'Red Lightning' heuchera has electrifying dark red veins networked over huge gold leaves that are sure to grab attention in the garden. It is a villosa hybrid - that means that its parentage includes Heuchera villosa, a native perennial known as alumroot that contributes substantially improved heat and humidity tolerance over other heucheras.'Red Lightning' naturally grows with a tidy, appealing habit, just 10" tall and 16" wide, and three seasons of fabulous color. Highly adaptable to containers. Dainty white flowers hang from slender stalks, which attract hummingbirds and butterflies and make beautiful, long-lasting cut flowers.
Coral bells are a low maintenance shade ground cover that thrives in moist, well-drained soil and partial shade. They are not troubled by pests or diseases. 'Red Lightning' is a particularly good choice for areas with hot, humid summers where other heucheras struggle - this beauty can take it!
Heucheras are ideal for growing in those tricky spots under trees. You can also plant them in flower gardens for color foliage interest, or to create a neat edging in a bed. Tough and durable in combination planters or planted in mass. Great planting partners include violas, hosta, ferns, and hydrangeas.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fall color, Foliage interest, Attracts hummingbirds, Multi-season interest
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- Botanical name:
Heuchera 'Red Lightning'
- Common name:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Sun exposure:
Shade, Part shade
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- Height x width:
10" X 16"
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- Bloom season:
Accent, Border, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Small spaces, Under planting, Woodland
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- Patent #:PPAF
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Soil: Heucheras thrive in well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter.
Light: Part shade - some morning sun brings out more intense coloring. The color can fade in full sun (especially in hotter cliamtes), and too much heat and light can cause the leaves to scorch.
Water: Average -- better too dry than too wet once established. To reduce the risk of foliar disease, Heuchera require watering during the early morning so any excess moisture can evaporate before evening. Drip irrigation effectively delivers moisture directly to the soil, further reducing the plant's vulnerability to disease.
Spacing: 1.5 ft
Fertilizing: Spread a layer of compost or rotted manure in early spring. Mulch is a good idea, but keep it from mounding on the crown (center) of the plant. Heuchera does not require fertilization during the fall or winter months.
Winterizing: Winter mulching will prevent the freezing and thawing that can heave plants roots. Heucheras are somewhat evergreen and should be left in place for winter. The old foliage typically lies flat and gets covered by the new growth, after which is slowly dies away, but you may remove it in early spring if you wish.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut back the entire flower stalk after flowering to put the plants energy into growing more leaves.
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