Heuchera maxima

Island Alumroot


Category: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 2' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Description

Island alum root is one of the few California native perennials that thrives in dry shade and looks great all year. The soft apple-green leaves rise from one or more central stems in an open structure. The large round leaves give the impression of a moist woodland or riparian setting. In late winter or early spring, island alum root sends up multiple flower stocks accented with small narrowly spaced flowers of white with pink details. The bloom appears almost misty from a distance. Island alum root will spread via underground rhizome, though slowly. The plant may be cut back heavily to stimulate fresh growth and improve its appearance. Island alum root is native to the northern Channel Islands where it benefits from the moderating effects of the Pacific. It will tolerate full sun in a cool coastal setting, but will decline in the sun elsewhere. In west San Jose I have found that island alum root does quite well with about two hours of sun and very occasional light summer waterings.

Characteristics

Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen