Heuchera ‘Red Lightning’
Heuchera ‘Red Lightning’ features electrifying dark red veins that contrast over huge gold leaves. This intense colour holds well throughout the season. ‘Red Lighting’ is very hardy in the garden and draws your attention to its location. Also works well in borders and mixed containers.
Growing: Heuchera ‘Red Lightning’
– Height with flowers: 45cm approx.
– Width: 40cm approx.
– Position: Preferably Dappled Sunlight through trees and shrubs but will tolerate more Sun exposure in cooler regions.
– Soil: Well drained yet moist but will tolerate a range of soil conditions.
– Fragrance: No fragrance, however it’s lush colourful foliage show makes up for this.
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Perennial
– Attracts: Native bees and also other beneficial pollinators are attracted it’s tiny blooms.
– Care: Easy to grow plant as well as low maintenance. A tidy up of old dead leaves and flower stems is all that is really needed. However every couple of years it is ideal to divide the plant. Additionally you can just bury the whole plant deeper in the spot it is already growing and it will sprout roots higher up its stems.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not first choice for these pests but unfortunately nibbling pests might give them a nibble when there is nothing else available, like in the dead of winter.
– Origin: Native to North America.
A historical name
The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus (Carl von Linné) who was himself a very interesting man, being one of the first to start laying the scientific foundations of modern botanical and zoological taxonomy as we know it today. Carl named the genus after Johann Heinrich von Heucher 1677–1746, an 18th-century German physician and Professor. Heucher was one of the first formative people for today’s museums, in the fields of zoology, mineralogy and geology. Their knowledge and research was very important for peoples further knowledge and understanding in all of these fields.