The scientific name of Heucherella plant is x Heucherella tiarelloides and the plant is a cross between 2 closely related plants – Heuchera, which is commonly known as coral bells, and Tiarellia cordifolia, also commonly known as foamflower. Actually the “x” in the name is an indication that the plant is a hybrid, or a cross between 2 separate plants. The heucherella plant offers many of the benefits of its two parent plants. Continue reading to learn more about heucherella plant.  

The Heucherella plant and heuchera plant are both North American natives and they are both suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones four through nine. The Heucherella plant is often grown as a groundcover or border plant, the plant inherited the attractive foliage of the heuchera plant, although the heart-shaped leaves are usually smaller. The foamy-looking heucherella blooms (reminiscent of foamflower) are actually available in shades of pink, cream and white. The Heucherella plant is more resistant to rust disease and they also tend to be more tolerant of both heat and humidity. Otherwise, the differences in color and form of the two plants depend largely on the variety, as both are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.


Growing Heucherella Plant

The heucherella plant is not difficult to grow, however a well-drained soil is critical to prevent the roots from drowning. You can easily amend the soil before planting with compost or well-rotted manure. Most heucherella varieties prefer shade, though the plant can tolerate more sun in cooler climates. Darker leaves also tend to be more sun tolerant once they are established. While the heucherella plant is relatively drought tolerant, the plant also benefits from occasional watering during warm, dry weather. Do not allow the heucherella plant to become badly wilted, but be careful not to overwater, as the plant is prone to rot in soggy, poorly drained soil. The heucherella plant is a low feeder; however the plant benefits from regular applications of a water-soluble fertilizer mixed at half strength. Make sure you avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, which can cause spindly growth. Replant the heucherella plant in freshly amended soil every 3 or 4 years to keep the plant healthy and vibrant. You can discard the oldest part of the crown. 

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