ID help please.

hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)August 5, 2014

Hi: I was helping a friend clean up her garden and broke off a couple of Heuchera shoots when working. I potted them up (saw this on You tube) and they are doing quite well. I believe that they are either Marmalade or Caramel. Anyone know the difference and what I have?

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flower_frenzy(8a)

Are the leaves fuzzy at all, or are they smooth? My first guess is Maramlade, but an answer to this question would help further.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 5:14PM
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hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)

Flower: Interesting question - I didn't realize they weren't all smooth. Quite the newbie. I checked and the leaves felt pebbly or bumpy - not what I would call fuzzy exactly but certainly not smooth.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 6:22PM
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hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)

repeat post - sorry

This post was edited by Hostas_for_Barb on Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 18:40

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 6:39PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Then I believe you have Marmalade there. Caramel has villosa breeding. Villosa hybrids tend to hold up better in the southern states than the others as they're bred for heat tolerance. The hairy leaves are a tell-tale sign of their lineage. If that was Caramel, the leaves would feel velvety...almost like those little posters you can buy kids that have the cheap black velvet around a picture in the center that can be colored with markers.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 3:01PM
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hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)

Thanks Flower, I will mark it Marmalade. Are there any good Heuchera books out there that will help me with IDs?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 9:00PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Although I've never looked through it, Dan Heims of Terra Nova has a book out entitled "Heucheras and Heucherellas, Coral Bells and Foamy Bells". There is also another entitled "Heuchera, Tiarella and Heucherella: A Gardener's Guide" by Charles and Martha Oliver. I haven't looked through that one either.

Other than that, the best way to i.d. is probably via pictures on the net or posting pictures of your plants on this forum.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 2:58PM
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