Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’

4 Jul

Heuchera cylindrica 'Greenfinch' (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 90cm

Eventual Spread: 50cm

Hardiness: 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b,7 a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Saxifragaceae

Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ is a semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial with a low growing, clump forming habit. Its mid green leaves are rounded with up to 7 shallow lobes and dentate margins, up to 7cm long and 8cm across. Its yellow/ green flowers are bell shaped and arranged in dense terminal clusters. Its fruit is a small capsule.

Heuchera cylindrica 'Greenfinch' Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

The species Heuchera cylindrica, commonly known as Roundleaf Alumroot or Coral Flower, is native to the west of the United States. In its native habitat it grows on rocky slopes, grassland and open forests.

The etymological root of the binomial name Heuchera was named for Johann Heinrich von Heucher, the 18th century professor of medicine and botanist at Wittenberg, Germany. Cylindrica is from the Latin meaning ‘cylindrical, in reference to the the shape of the inflorescence.

The landscape architect may find Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ useful as a low growing ground cover plant, particularly in dappled shade locations. Once established this plant is drought tolerant.

Heuchera cylindrica 'Greenfinch' Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically,  Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It prefers a neutral pH of soil. This plant will not tolerate water-logging.

Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ requires little maintenance. Large clumps may be divided in autumn.

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2 Responses to “Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’”

  1. David Hollombe 04/07/2016 at 23:18 #

    The epithet refers to the shape of the inflorescence. “panicula compacta cylindracea subspicata”

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