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Growth Facts

Audubon® Prairie Alumroot

Heuchera richardsonii
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Plant breeding has given us Alumroot varieties, a.k.a. Coral Bells, in a rainbow of outlandish colors, from peach to purple to red to neon yellow. While color-crazed gardeners may have a lot of fun collecting these hybrids, those who favor a more natural approach to gardening will opt for something more subdued. Our Prairie Alumroot is a pure, unadulterated species of Alumroot that is beautiful in a quieter way. Plant it en masse at the edge of your backyard bird habitat, where its tidy green foliage and frothy, cream-colored flowers will make a lovely border—as well as support native pollinators!

May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos

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Growth Facts

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The Story

Prairie Alumroot’s native range forms a triangle whose three points are Montana, Michigan, and Missouri. It grows in open spaces, where it’s visited by a variety of pollinators in early summer. Several species of cellophane bees, a.k.a. polyester bees, collect its nectar and pollen. These gentle native bees get their name from the plastic-like substance they produce for waterproofing their underground nests. (They also manufacture their own fungicides to keep their nests clean.) One cellophane bee species in particular that relies Prairie Alumroot pollen is rarely seen anymore. You can support this remarkable creature by planting this species in your own garden!

The Details

There are about 50 species of Alumroot in the world, all of them native to North America. Plant breeders have taken a special interest in Prairie Alumroot lately, because it is native to some very cold areas (it can survive winters where the mercury drops to -40ºF!). By hybridizing it with other species, they can develop new forms that are more cold-hardy.

How to Grow

Most Alumroots are happiest in part shade. Prairie Alumroot will grow in part shade, too, but it is actually better adapted to full sun. Sharp drainage is critical, as this plant doesn’t like to sit in water, especially in winter, when it isn’t actively growing. Prairie Alumroot’s foliage is evergreen; wait until spring to remove any unsightly foliage. The only other maintenance you will want to do is to divide the clumps every three years or so. Simply dig them up in spring, pull apart healthy pieces, and replant. This will keep your plants growing strongly.

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Audubon® Prairie Alumroot Tree
Audubon® Prairie Alumroot Leaf
Audubon® Prairie Alumroot Additional Product Shot 2288
Audubon® Prairie Alumroot Additional Product Shot 3137
Audubon® Prairie Alumroot Additional Product Shot 3138
Audubon® Prairie Alumroot Additional Product Shot 3139
Audubon® Prairie Alumroot Additional Product Shot 3536