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Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' (alumroot, coral bells)

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Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'

alumroot, coral bells

Shiny, dark purple-red ruffled leaves with faint silvery marbling between the veins accented by attractive, delicate heads of pink flower clusters held aloft by tall, thin stems in early and mid summer. Fast growing with a tidy, mounding habit. Very popular!

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1-2 Feet


1-2 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

alumroot, coral bells Interesting Notes

Plum Pudding Heuchera is a favorite west of the Rockies as it retains its color without burning or melting in the heat and humidity. Its exquisite foliage is plum purple with darker veins. -Casa Flora

Why this current infatuation with plum? Probably one of the reasons is that it is new - new that is, since Victorian times, so it is actually a revival. All these combinations of red, blue and black impart a psychological feeling of richness. As a design element, plum adds depth and weight to garden colour schemes. Its popularity is sure to persist though, as it looks great with so many other colours. Plum looks fabulous with soft pinks, yellows, white, silver or lime green. It is dramatic with deep violets or pinks. Surprisingly, it is also a great accent in hot colour schemes where strong gold, orange or scarlet are used... This garden isn't just about flowers though. My top perennial for the plum border is Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'. This marvelous confection has deep, shiny plum coloured leaves without any overlays.

Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Plum Pudding' grows best in rich, moist, well-drained soil in full to partial shade. Foliage is more distinct in shade, but can be grown in full sun if adequate moisture is provided. Susceptible to frost heave due to shallow root depth. Mulching around the crown can prevent this. Divide clumps every 3-4 years. May be raised by seed as well but most likely truer to cultivar if obtained vegetatively. Deadhead to extend flowering season. Use as an edging plant in perennial beds, understory planting or to add interest to the woodland garden. Also does well in containers.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Ornamental Foliage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type