February 2007 Plant Profile: Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’

Heucheras have been all the rage in the past few years! With hundreds of new varieties and colors now available, it has become a staple foliage plant in perennial gardens and containers. With all the fancy-leaved varieties out there, one absolutely stood out during the winter with its bold, bright color and ruffled edges crystallized in frost. Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ was a color breakthrough a few years ago when it was first released being the brightest, most sought after plant on the nursery table. During its first season, many growers struggled to keep it alive thinking that it was quite weak as leaf edges burned and plants grew so slowly from tissue cultured plugs. But after a few years, once plants matured, ‘Lime Rickey’ seemed to take on a life of its own showing more vigor once established. While it gets its best color in more sun, this variety should be placed carefully so it’s not scorched by intense light. Supplemental watering during the summer also helps. As striking as this plant is during the spring and summer months, I particularly enjoy it in the winter time when the leaves are fabulously frosted and having Black Mondo grass as a companion makes for a very impressive combination.

Location: Bed 5
Family: Saxifragaceae
Origin: Garden Origin
Height: 6-8″
Spread: 8-10″
Bloom Time: Spring
Bloom Color: White
Sun: Part shade
Water/Soil: Medium moisture and amended soil with organic matter.