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Heuchera richardsonii (Richardson's alumroot)
Reveal, James L.

Heuchera richardsonii

Heuchera richardsonii R. Br.

Richardson's Alumroot, Prairie Alumroot

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Synonym(s): Heuchera hispida, Heuchera richardsonii var. affinis, Heuchera richardsonii var. grayana, Heuchera richardsonii var. hispidior


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Richardsonís alumroots attractive basal leaves, resembling those of a hard maple with rounded lobes, are supported on long petioles. The flowering stalk is normally leafless and rises 1-3 ft. A somewhat inconspicuous inflorescense is made up of small, greenish-white, drooping flowers on short, individual stalks.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CO , IA , IL , IN , KS , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , OK , SD , WI , WY
Canada: AB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: MI to Sask. & n.e. MT, s. to IN, MO & CO
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky woods; prairies; hillsides; clearings

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: The primary value of this species is as a ground cover.


Use Wildlife: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds


Seed Collection: Check for mature seeds in dark-brown capsules 3-4 weeks after the plant has flowered. The seeds are black when mature and are smaller than grains of black pepper. Dried seeds may be stored, uncleaned, in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Stratification is suggested in some references. Others say pretreatment decreases the germination rate.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Heuchera richardsonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Heuchera richardsonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Heuchera richardsonii


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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