Jan 282009
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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Dave

Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 5 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


Reader Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    gail

  3. 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…

  4. 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….;-)

  5. 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.

  6. 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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