Heuchera ‘Dale’s Strain’ or is it?

Over the last year I’ve been enthralled with heucheras. I see a new one and I have to add it to the garden! If you are looking for a versatile foliage perennial then definitely take a look at the heucheras (Coral Bells). There are many varieties so far I have at least 5 different kinds in my gardens. The last one I purchased was at the end of the fall season and was labeled ‘Dale’s Strain’. I bought two, one of which I divided into two, but unfortunately I’m not entirely sure that the label was the correct variety. I have no doubt that it is a Heuchera villosa of some kind but ‘Dale’s Strain’ seems to have more green in the foliage.

This heuchera seems to have a more peachy purple tone to its leaves than ‘Dale’s Strain’ would.  I didn’t buy the plant because it was labeled ‘Dale’s Strain’ but because of its foliage.  You can see even in winter it retains a nice creamy color with interesting veining.  What is great about heuchera is how forgiving they can be with light. They work well in dry shade and full sun, you can’t say that for every plant!

This to me looks much more like Heuchera villosa ‘Tiramisu’, which incidentally I like the sound (and taste) of much better! What do you think? About the plant, not Tiramisu!

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14 Replies to “Heuchera ‘Dale’s Strain’ or is it?”

  1. It’s beautiful no matter what the name. But it is nice to have things properly labeled.

  2. Whatever its proper name, it’s beautiful. I posted a photo on my blog today of a new Heuchera — the colors are extraordinary! I don’t know how anyone could not love this. 🙂


  3. I have such a hard time keeping heucheras looking good. It may be our alkaline water that makes them turn brown on the tips. I wish mine looked this good.

  4. I’d rather talk of tiramisiu-a favored Italian dessert. No, just kidding. This heuchera is very pretty.

  5. Sorry can’t help with the id, but the color is quite pretty. I really love the variety of color in Heucheras. Especially the burgundy colored ones.

  6. Hi Dave,

    I don’t know either, but I have a dozen H Villosa Autumn Bride and there are subtle difference among them
    all. But all are lovely!


  7. I think it is a stunning color.

  8. Tina gave me my first Heucheras and it did great in my small planter by the grill. Think I will add more to it this year…. That is a pretty one you have there…

  9. I’m not sure which one it is either, but I’ll warn you, heucheras are like potato chips…you can’t have just one….;-)

  10. Beautiful heuchera. I have some in my garden in afternoon shade. Planted them just last yr.

  11. It definitely is lovely – I’ve seen violet or purple foliage but never a lovely pink one like this – It’d definitely be welcome in my garden.

  12. Lovely web page with beautiful images of coral bells. I love their delicate flowers which somehow give a flower bed a delicate touch…but these are certainly not delicate plants.

  13. That one is really pretty. I haven’t seen that one anywhere. Unfortunately, they don’t do well in full sun, here in Central Texas. I have to put mine where they get some shade. I’ll have to look for that one, though.

  14. Dave I have seen them change color as the season progresses.They can look very similar as a young plant It may do that yet. Thanks for the advice on the boiling water and weeds. Tomorrow looks like a good day to do it.

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