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Plant of the Week: Heuchera ‘Lime Ricky’

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch
Heuchera 'Lime Ricky' (03/12/2011, London)

Heuchera 'Lime Ricky' (03/12/2011, London)

Position: Full sun to shade

Flowering Period: Early Summer

Soil: Well Drained, Moist

Eventual Height: 0.3m

Eventual Spread: 0.4m

Hardiness: USDA 3a – 11

Family: Saxifragaceae

Heuchera ‘Lime Ricky’ is a semi-evergreen, herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. The bright lime green ruffled leaves of the plant are rounded to heart shaped, lobed and often toothed with boldly leaved veins. The leaves of this plant gradually change from a mid green to an acid lime color throughout the summer months. The white flowers are tubular, bell shaped flowers 2-6 millimetres long and have and have conspicuous, colourful calyces and are borne in narrow loose racemes. The stems of the plant are arching and  quite slender. 

Heuchera ‘Lime Ricky’ , commonly known as Coral Bells or Alum Root, the species of which is native to north America. The genus is named after Johann Heinrich von Heucher and 18th century German physician.

The etymological root of the binomial name Heuchera is named after Professor J.V. Heucher the 18th Century German physician. 

The landscape architect may find Heuchera ‘Lime Ricky’ useful as a low maintenance, low growing semi-evergreen ground cover plant particularly in dappled shade.

Ecologically this plant will attract pollinating insects such as butterflies and honey bees however, as this plant is not native to this continent these associations may not be prolific.

H. ‘Lime Rickey’ prefers humus rich, well-drained soils. It will tolerate poor soils and will tolerate  with most pH of soil.

Maintenance: This plant requires little maintenance. Large clumps of this plant may be divided in early autumn or  spring.

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