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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Heuchera 'Petite Pearl Fairy'
Sunset zones: 1-9, 14-24.
USDA zones: 5-9.
Height: 10 inches (25 cm).
Width: 8 inches (20 cm).
Late spring to early summer.
Panicles of pink, bell-shaped flowers.
Ovate and lobed, small, bronze leaves, marbled with silver.
Part shade to full sun.
Light, fertile, moist, very well-drained soil.
Side dress with compost or manure in fall. Fertilize in spring with a complete organic fertilizer. A sprinkling of lime in the fall will be beneficial if soil is too acidic.
Divide in early spring by digging up plant and dividing the clump into pieces.
In autumn pull off rooted offsets from the sides of older crowns. Pot the offsets up and overwinter in cold frame or greenhouse.
Remove offsets in spring and root as a cutting.
Rainy Side Notes
Charles Oliver of Scotsdale, Pennsylvania bred this charming, petite heuchera. The ancestors come from the alpine regions of the Rocky Mountains, which gives it its small size. It was then combined with larger garden hybrids for its wonderful foliage color. Its parents are Heuchera ‘San Pico Rosita’ and H. ‘Regina’.
H. 'Petite Pearl Fairy' blooms at the same time as Chiastophyllum in my garden, making a lively combination of pink and yellow. If you enjoy the Coral bells, this plant is definitely one to add to your collection.
Photographed in author's garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.