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Silver & Purple Leaved Heuchera

Silver & Purple Leaved Heuchera
Silver & Purple Leaved Heuchera

There is nothing like the stunning contrast provided by the silver and purple leaved Heuchera cultivars. The leaves are usually covered in a silver-gray sheen with purple veins and possibly other colors splashed in too. Below is a description of some of the best for the southeast U.S. Check out other articles in our Heuchera series for the description of other Heuchera groups such as solid purple or red varieties.

H. americana ‘Ring of Fire’: A seedling selection from Heuchera ‘Eco Magnififolia’. Silver leaves, highlighted by a deep purple veining which flows into the center of the leaf. In the cool nights of spring and fall, the leaves develop a coral rim. (Z 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. americana ‘Sterling Silver’: A seedling selection of Heuchera ‘Eco Magnififolia’. Heuchera ‘Stirling Silver’ was selected as the best silver leaf to contrast with the blue and purple veining, especially evident in cooler weather. (Z 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Amethyst Mist’: A large 18″ wide by 10″ tall evergreen clump of dark purple foliage, highlighted with silver markings. The new foliage emerges an amethyst purple, providing a nice color contrast to the older foliage. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 2′ spikes of insignificant tan flowers. (Z 4-8a, Ht. 10″)

H. ‘Burgundy Frost’: Very dark purple leaves with nice silver patterns between the veins. The leaves are very ruffled and deeply cut. (Z 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Cascade Dawn’: Darker purple veining, contrasting nicely against the pewter background. Each leaf has a wonderful sheen that seems to make the clump glow. (Z 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Cathedral Windows’: Violet purple foliage makes a nice backdrop for the silver overlay and contrasting purple veins. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Checkers’: Silver leaves are overlain with a veined pattern of dusty purple. The flowering stems, in mid-spring are adorned with more cutleaf purple foliage and a dazzling array of white flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 15″)

H. ‘Cherries Jubilee’ PP 11377 EU10038: Slightly ruffled purple foliage with a smattering of silver between the veins. In mid spring, the clumps are topped with stalks of dainty dark pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 15″)

H. ‘Chocolate Veil’: The darkest Heuchera with nearly black leaves with some light silver patches between the veins. 18″ wide clump. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8a, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Frosted Violet’ PP 15,085: A vigorous new coral bell, thanks to the inclusion of our native Heuchera villosa in the parentage. The attractive, pink-purple foliage with darker veining adorns the huge 2’+ wide clump. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 30″ flower spikes of small, light pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8a, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Gypsy Dancer’ PPAF: Foliage is dark purple and has veins with a silvery overlay. Light pink flowers.

H. ‘Hollywood’ PPAF, PVR: Dark purple ruffled foliage highlighted by silver veins and topped in spring with dense spikes of coral red flowers. Each 1′ wide clump reblooms well in some climates, making a stunning show all summer. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-7, Ht. 8″)

H. ‘Jade Gloss’ PPAF: A small compact clump of slightly cupped stunning silvery foliage, highlighted by dramatic dark purple veins. In late spring the clumps are topped with 18″ tall stalks of white flowers that open from light pink buds. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 8″)

H. ‘Licorice’: (= Proven Winners trademark Dolce Licorice USPP16735): Glossy, nearly black foliage with some silvery overlay and red veins. Red flowers (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Montrose Ruby’: A cross between Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and Heuchera Dales Strain, and is the parent of many of the new hybrid Heuchera. The dark purple leaves have a unique silver marbling. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 15″)

H. ‘Oakington Jewel’ (aka: Heuchera ‘Cultus Bay Beauty’): An exciting cross of Heuchera americana and Heuchera sanguinea. The leaves combine the outstanding purple veins with a silver overlay, and a contrasting green border. In the spring, the clumps give rise to stalks of nice pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Palace Passion’: A Heuchera americana x Heuchera sanguinea hybrid combines the lovely chocolate foliage and silver overlay with nice coral pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Palace Purple’: Lovely purple leaf form of coral bell, Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ is a past Perennial Plant Association Plant of the year. Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ is great when used against greens or golds in the garden. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Petite Pearl Fairy’ PPAF: This new series of tiny dwarf coral bells are best “babied” in a rock garden or small special well drained site. The tiny rounded leaves of purple w/silver veins make a perfect 6″ wide clump. In early summer, the clumps are topped wilth 12″ spikes of medium pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-7, Ht. 10″)

H. ‘Pewter Moon’: (Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ x Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’). The leaves are more rounded than ‘Pewter Veil’ and the clump is flatter and the flowers are silvery pink. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 8″)

H. ‘Pewter Veil’ PP 8984 EU 6209: Purple foliage with pewter netting between the veins. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Pinot Gris’ PP 19,592: Aa vigorous 1′ tall by 2′ wide clump. Each clump is composed of silvery leaves, highlighted by purple veins and purple backs. The clumps are topped with stalks of creamy white flowers in late summer. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8 at least, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Prince of Silver’ PPAF: TA 15″ wide clump of bright silver leaves highlighted with a dramatic dark purple veining. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 2′ flower spikes with bright pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Purple Sails’: TA vividly contrasting leaf with a dark purple border and veining overlaid with a dramatic silver pattern. The new growth on the deeply lobed leaves is shaded rich violet. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Regal Robe’: The best foliage contrast of any coral bell yet. The very shiny silvery foliage is highlighted by wonderfully dark purple veins. The leaf literally seems polished. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Regina’: Dark purple foliage with small patches of silver between the veins. In April and May, the clumps are topped with lovely 3′ tall spikes of light pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Saturn’: A 15″ wide mound of rounded bright silver foliage, highlighted by purple veins. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Silver Scrolls’ PP 12,066: A spiral mound composed of round leaves. Each silver leaf has dark purple veining and when it emerges in spring, is awash with a purple overlay. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 2′ narrow upright spikes of white flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8a, Ht. 10″)

H. ‘Silver Shadows’: Extraordinarily silver leaves with very narrow dark purple veins. The new growth emerges with a wonderful, pinkish cast, providing a dramatic contrast against the older foliage. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Stormy Seas’: Combines the beauty of Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’ with a dynamite silvery charcoal overlay to each leaf. The heavily ruffled foliage combined with the deeply cut foliage is quite spectacular. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Swirling Fantasy’ PPAF: A 15″ wide tight clump of pewter leaves, each highlighted with dark purple veins. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 20″ tall airy spikes of bright red flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8, Ht. 12″)

H. villosa ‘Purpurea’: Foliage resembles Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’, but is much darker purple. The foliage is also much hairier than Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 5-8 at least, Ht. 15
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Heuchera of any color are a lovely addition to the shade garden but the silver and purple ones are extremely eye-catching and are the most popular varieties on the market today.

There is nothing like the stunning contrast provided by the silver and purple leaved Heuchera cultivars. The leaves are usually covered in a silver-gray sheen with purple veins and possibly other colors splashed in too. Below is a description of some of the best for the southeast U.S. Check out other articles in our Heuchera series for the description of other Heuchera groups such as solid purple or red varieties.

H. americana ‘Ring of Fire’: A seedling selection from Heuchera ‘Eco Magnififolia’. Silver leaves, highlighted by a deep purple veining which flows into the center of the leaf. In the cool nights of spring and fall, the leaves develop a coral rim. (Z 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. americana ‘Sterling Silver’: A seedling selection of Heuchera ‘Eco Magnififolia’. Heuchera ‘Stirling Silver’ was selected as the best silver leaf to contrast with the blue and purple veining, especially evident in cooler weather. (Z 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Amethyst Mist’: A large 18″ wide by 10″ tall evergreen clump of dark purple foliage, highlighted with silver markings. The new foliage emerges an amethyst purple, providing a nice color contrast to the older foliage. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 2′ spikes of insignificant tan flowers. (Z 4-8a, Ht. 10″)

H. ‘Burgundy Frost’: Very dark purple leaves with nice silver patterns between the veins. The leaves are very ruffled and deeply cut. (Z 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Cascade Dawn’: Darker purple veining, contrasting nicely against the pewter background. Each leaf has a wonderful sheen that seems to make the clump glow. (Z 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Cathedral Windows’: Violet purple foliage makes a nice backdrop for the silver overlay and contrasting purple veins. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Checkers’: Silver leaves are overlain with a veined pattern of dusty purple. The flowering stems, in mid-spring are adorned with more cutleaf purple foliage and a dazzling array of white flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 15″)

H. ‘Cherries Jubilee’ PP 11377 EU10038: Slightly ruffled purple foliage with a smattering of silver between the veins. In mid spring, the clumps are topped with stalks of dainty dark pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 15″)

H. ‘Chocolate Veil’: The darkest Heuchera with nearly black leaves with some light silver patches between the veins. 18″ wide clump. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8a, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Frosted Violet’ PP 15,085: A vigorous new coral bell, thanks to the inclusion of our native Heuchera villosa in the parentage. The attractive, pink-purple foliage with darker veining adorns the huge 2’+ wide clump. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 30″ flower spikes of small, light pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8a, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Gypsy Dancer’ PPAF: Foliage is dark purple and has veins with a silvery overlay. Light pink flowers.

H. ‘Hollywood’ PPAF, PVR: Dark purple ruffled foliage highlighted by silver veins and topped in spring with dense spikes of coral red flowers. Each 1′ wide clump reblooms well in some climates, making a stunning show all summer. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-7, Ht. 8″)

H. ‘Jade Gloss’ PPAF: A small compact clump of slightly cupped stunning silvery foliage, highlighted by dramatic dark purple veins. In late spring the clumps are topped with 18″ tall stalks of white flowers that open from light pink buds. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 8″)

H. ‘Licorice’: (= Proven Winners trademark Dolce Licorice USPP16735): Glossy, nearly black foliage with some silvery overlay and red veins. Red flowers (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Montrose Ruby’: A cross between Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and Heuchera Dales Strain, and is the parent of many of the new hybrid Heuchera. The dark purple leaves have a unique silver marbling. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 15″)

H. ‘Oakington Jewel’ (aka: Heuchera ‘Cultus Bay Beauty’): An exciting cross of Heuchera americana and Heuchera sanguinea. The leaves combine the outstanding purple veins with a silver overlay, and a contrasting green border. In the spring, the clumps give rise to stalks of nice pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Palace Passion’: A Heuchera americana x Heuchera sanguinea hybrid combines the lovely chocolate foliage and silver overlay with nice coral pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Palace Purple’: Lovely purple leaf form of coral bell, Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ is a past Perennial Plant Association Plant of the year. Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ is great when used against greens or golds in the garden. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Petite Pearl Fairy’ PPAF: This new series of tiny dwarf coral bells are best “babied” in a rock garden or small special well drained site. The tiny rounded leaves of purple w/silver veins make a perfect 6″ wide clump. In early summer, the clumps are topped wilth 12″ spikes of medium pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-7, Ht. 10″)

H. ‘Pewter Moon’: (Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ x Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’). The leaves are more rounded than ‘Pewter Veil’ and the clump is flatter and the flowers are silvery pink. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 8″)

H. ‘Pewter Veil’ PP 8984 EU 6209: Purple foliage with pewter netting between the veins. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Pinot Gris’ PP 19,592: Aa vigorous 1′ tall by 2′ wide clump. Each clump is composed of silvery leaves, highlighted by purple veins and purple backs. The clumps are topped with stalks of creamy white flowers in late summer. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8 at least, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Prince of Silver’ PPAF: TA 15″ wide clump of bright silver leaves highlighted with a dramatic dark purple veining. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 2′ flower spikes with bright pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Purple Sails’: TA vividly contrasting leaf with a dark purple border and veining overlaid with a dramatic silver pattern. The new growth on the deeply lobed leaves is shaded rich violet. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Regal Robe’: The best foliage contrast of any coral bell yet. The very shiny silvery foliage is highlighted by wonderfully dark purple veins. The leaf literally seems polished. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Regina’: Dark purple foliage with small patches of silver between the veins. In April and May, the clumps are topped with lovely 3′ tall spikes of light pink flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Saturn’: A 15″ wide mound of rounded bright silver foliage, highlighted by purple veins. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Silver Scrolls’ PP 12,066: A spiral mound composed of round leaves. Each silver leaf has dark purple veining and when it emerges in spring, is awash with a purple overlay. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 2′ narrow upright spikes of white flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8a, Ht. 10″)

H. ‘Silver Shadows’: Extraordinarily silver leaves with very narrow dark purple veins. The new growth emerges with a wonderful, pinkish cast, providing a dramatic contrast against the older foliage. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Stormy Seas’: Combines the beauty of Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’ with a dynamite silvery charcoal overlay to each leaf. The heavily ruffled foliage combined with the deeply cut foliage is quite spectacular. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-9, Ht. 12″)

H. ‘Swirling Fantasy’ PPAF: A 15″ wide tight clump of pewter leaves, each highlighted with dark purple veins. In late spring, the clumps are topped with 20″ tall airy spikes of bright red flowers. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 4-8, Ht. 12″)

H. villosa ‘Purpurea’: Foliage resembles Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’, but is much darker purple. The foliage is also much hairier than Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’. (Part Sun to Light Shade, Zone 5-8 at least, Ht. 15
“)

Heuchera of any color are a lovely addition to the shade garden but the silver and purple ones are extremely eye-catching and are the most popular varieties on the market today.

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