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x Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' PP#21,296

White blooms top this mounded, well-branched plant in late spring, delighting the butterflies.
Plant Patent 21,296.

Without a doubt the most brilliantly colored, exciting Heucherella ever grown, 'Sweet Tea' is the foliage plant you must add to the shade garden this season! There is simply nothing else like these scalloped 4-inch leaves with cinnamon-russet centers and orange- and rose-infused edges. They complement all surrounding garden colors, and present an utterly unique, breathtaking show of their own three or even four seasons a year!

Colorful Heucherella are nothing new, but the play of oranges and browns on these leaves introduces an entirely new palette to the family. And the colors just become darker and more vibrant in summer heat and humidity! With Heuchera villosa in its parentage, 'Sweet Tea' stands up effortlessly even to the punishing summers of the south and southwest, keeping its densely layered, mounded form and improving its already brilliant hues. There's simply nothing else to compare it to!

Expect this shade-loving perennial to reach about 20 inches high and 28 inches wide. In late spring, creamy white blooms fly above the foliage on slender 7-inch stems like so many flags atop a ship. Attractive to butterflies, they can be left on the plant or snipped as filler for indoor arrangements. And as they pass, the amber, orange, and apricot tones of spring turn to richer cinnamon, burnt umber, and darkest salmon-peach with the hot weather of summer. Magnificent!

'Sweet Tea' fares best in partial shade, though it will tolerate full shade as well. It prefers soil that has been amended with organics, but once established in the garden is quite tolerant of less rich conditions. In mild and warm climates it remains evergreen through winter; farther north, it will die back to the ground, only to regrow rapidly in spring. Vigorous and well-branched, it needs no coddling or encouragement to quickly form a dense, bold, over-the-top presence that demands attention and inspires admiration. Set it fearlessly among your Helleborus (particularly in mild climates, where the winter show of cinnamon-orange and deep green is especially effective) Pulmonaria, and Actaea, as well as among its cousins Heuchera and Tiarella. It makes a fine exclamation point in the Hosta garden, and a startling textural contrast among Hardy Ferns.

Impervious to most pests and diseases, this adaptable perennial is a good choice for groundcover and mass planting as well as accent use in the border and in containers. It makes a stunning edging along a garden path, or a foreground planting for the shrub border. Very highly recommended for gardens almost anywhere in the country. Zones 4-9.

Genus x Heucherella
Variety 'Sweet Tea'
PPAF PP#21,296
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Season Late Spring
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 20 in
Plant Width 2 ft 4 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Foliage Changes, Spring Foliage Changes, Variegated
Bloom Color Cream, White
Foliage Color Bronze, Brown, Burgundy, Copper, Gold, Orange, Red, Rose, Variegated
Light Requirements Part Shade, Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Deer Resistance
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Outdoor, Winter Interest
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Heucherella

Planting:

Plant in well-drained but moisture-retentive soil of high organic content, spacing 18 inches apart. While it will tolerate sun, in the North, it is best in partial shade.


Maintenance:

Remove spent flower spikes to prolong bloom. A 2 to 3-inch mulch is beneficial. Water during periods of drought. Divide, as needed, in spring, (fall in the South.)


Zones:

Zones 3-8

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.