Heuchera americana alum root Saxifragaceae HEAM; Bx, pb, vc; NY, ct; R (DeCandido 2001);

   

Heuchera americana.Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky

Heuchera americana.Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. (Accessed 4/2014).

Heuchera americana is a perennial herb, 30-80 cm tall, from rhizomes, flowering stem leafless except for few small bracts. 

Leaves basal, 4-15 cm long and wide, nearly round, often mottled with white, 5-9 lobed, finely hairy on both sides, margin toothed, base deeply lobed. 

Flowers greenish to purplish, radially symmetrical, 5-parted, 0.3-0.5 cm, wide, stamens longer than petal tube. 

Fruit dry capsule 0.5-0.7 cm long, tipped by persistent styles, seeds ca 0.6 mm, blooms May-June. 

Wetland status: FACU-. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent (naturally). 

heuchera-americana-inflorescence-copyright-steve-baskauf-2002-2011-discoverlife-org

Heuchera americana, inflorescence.© Copyright Steve Baskauf, 2002-2011.discoverlife.org (Accessed 1/2017).

Origin: Native but usually not a coastal plains plant (Radford et al. 1968). 

Habitat: Forest understories but sometimes planted (Central Park), shade tolerant.