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heuchera

[hyoo-ker-uh]
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noun
  1. any of various North American plants belonging to the genus Heuchera, of the saxifrage family, having clusters of small, cup-shaped flowers, especially the alumroots.
Compare coral bells.

Origin of heuchera

< New Latin (Linnaeus), after Johann Heinreich von Heucher (1677–1747), German botanist; see -a2
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Examples from the Web for heuchera

Historical Examples

  • Cultivation and flowering period, as described under Heuchera.

    Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers

    John Wood

  • Cultivation and flowering period, the same as for the Heuchera.

  • Mrs. Norton: I would suggest that hardy alum-root, or heuchera.

  • This is found in the Heuchera, which is easily grown from seed and reaches a height of eighteen inches.

    Garden Ornaments

    Mary H. Northend

  • In the front I find that a longish patch of Heuchera Richardsoni has about half the plants overgrown.

    Wood and Garden

    Gertrude Jekyll


British Dictionary definitions for heuchera

heuchera

noun
  1. any plant of the N. American genus Heuchera, with low-growing heart-shaped leaves and mostly red flowers carried in sprays on slender graceful stems: family SaxifragaceaeSee also alumroot

Word Origin

named after J. H. Heucher (1677–1747), German doctor and botanist
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