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Heuchera parvifolia

Heuchera parvifolia

Heuchera parvifolia

 
Heuchera parvifolia (Alum Root)
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Montane, subalpine. Rocks. Summer.
Above: Rough Canyon Trail, July 18, 2016.
Left: Mesa Verde National Park, Prater Ridge Trail, June 9, 2004 and Rough Canyon, July 18, 2016.

These common, dainty white-to-yellow early summer flowers are cousins of the garden "Red Coral Bells". 

Heuchera parvifolia especially enjoys rocky areas and it is often found there in colonies of several to a dozen or more plants. The basal cluster of scalloped, thick, bright green leaves and tall swaying stalks make them easy to spot even from a distance.

The genus name was given by Linnaeus in 1753 for the German botanist J. H. Heucher.  The Latin specific epithet means "small leaf" and was, in 1840, given by Nuttall who was the first to collect this plant for science in his 1834-1837 trip to the Pacific with the Wyeth Expedition.

 

       

Heuchera parvifolia

 
Heuchera parvifolia (Alum Root)
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Montane, subalpine. Rocks. Summer.
Can Do Trail above McPhee Reservoir, June 4, 2009.

The petals are white to yellow, sometimes even pink, cleft in three and backed by triangular sepals.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Heuchera parvifolia