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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Heuchera sanguinea 'Snowfire'
Pronounced: HOY-ka-ra sang-GWIN-ee-a
Sunset zones:1-9, 14-24.
USDA zones: 4-9.
Height: 8 inches (20 cm).
Width: 20 inches (50 cm).
Late spring to early summer.
Panicles of dark coral-pink flowers stand 14 inches tall.
Ovate to roundish, lobed, green, cream and creamy-yellow variegated, evergreen leaves.
Part shade to full sun (with extra moisture).
Light, fertile, moist, neutral ph, well-drained soil. Mulch to help protect from winter wetness.
Side dress with compost or manure in fall. Fertilize in spring with a complete organic fertilizer.
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
This cultivar looks very similar to the variegated Heuchera 'Monet'. The difference is that H. 'Snowfire's' foliage is larger and thicker than its counterpart. I found this one growing in Joy Creek Nursery's garden and mistook it for H. 'Monet'—one that I've grown. Both these coral-bells are small but stunning in the garden.
As with most heucheras, this little perennial is drought tolerant once it's established. The leaves have pink tinges, which fade to the handsome cream and green shades for the rest of the summer.
Top photo photographed in author's garden. Bottom photos courtesy of Terra Nova® Nurseries, Inc.
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