Heuchera DOLCE® 'Blackberry Ice' PPAF CPBRAF
  Series Name: DOLCE® Series
Common Name: Coral Bells
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Walters Gardens Exclusive Introduction
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

If you’re looking for the new standard in purple Heucheras, you’ve found it!  You’ll be impressed by the vigorous growth of ‘Blackberry Ice’ and since it’s a H. villosa hybrid, it also exhibits greater heat and humidity tolerance. 

'Blackberry Ice' forms a full, rounded clump of attractive foliage that stays nice all season long.  The newest leaves are a remarkable iridescent purple with black veining and have amethyst purple undersides.  As the leaves mature, they develop a softly luminescent pewter overlay. 

In midsummer, reddish purple scapes which are quite proportional to the foliage carry wands of cream flowers. 

Whether you grow ‘Blackberry Ice’ near the front of the flower border or in containers, you’re going to love it!

This plant is a Heuchera villosa hybrid. The villosa species is a large, late blooming type that exhibits an increased tolerance of high heat and humidity over other species. Most produce cream flowers in midsummer, though they are grown more for their fantastic foliage. H. villosa is native to the southeastern United States.

Coral bells are easy to grow and blend easily with most other perennials in the landscape. Because of their low, mounding habit, they are often used as edging along paths or in containers. Try cutting a few of the tall flower scapes for fresh bouquets.

Intro Year: 2013

Breeder: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Introducer: Proven Winners®

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  10-12 Inches
Spread:
  18-22 Inches
Scape Height:
  20-26 Inches
Flower Color:
  White Shades
Foliage Color:
  Purple shades
  Silver/grey shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Formal
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Plugs: 20ct
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Edging
Evergreen
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Specimen or focal point
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Heucheras are easy perennials to grow and fit nicely in the front of any border, rock garden, or container.  They grow most vigorously and have the stongest colors when grown in partial shade (preferably afternoon shade).  They can also be grown in full shade but their growth rate will be very slow.  Some varieties can withstand full sun in northern climates if they have consistant moisture, but their colors tend to fade with the intensity of the sun.  The soil should be amended with organic matter prior to planting.  It should also have good drainage and a neutral pH. 

Heucheras are evergreen in areas with mild winters.  If properly sited out of the way of winter winds and with reliable snow cover, gardeners in northern regions may also find their heucheras acting as evergreens.  If the plant looks tattered by early spring, shear off any damaged leaves to make room for the vibrant new foliage which will fill in quickly. 

Heucheras can be grown under Black Walnut trees because they are resistant to the toxin Juglone which the trees emit from their roots. 

Heucheras are also salt tolerant.  They are useful in the north along pathways which are salted in winter or for people gardening in coastal regions.  Occasionally in northern regions, heucheras have a tendancy to heave out of the ground because of the freeze/thaw cycle.  To combat heaving, add an extra layer of compost around the plant's roots in the fall.  In the spring, if the plants have heaved at all, the new roots will grow into the fresh new layer of compost.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Hosta 'Autumn Frost' PP23224 CPBRAF
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Corydalis lutea
Common Name: Corydalis-Yellow
5,6,7
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' PP17829 CPBR3115
Common Name: Brunnera-Heartleaf
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Veronica 'Hocus Pocus' PP23853
Common Name: Speedwell-Spike
4,5,6,7,8
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Aralia cordata 'Sun King'
Common Name: Golden Japanese Spikenard
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Ligularia 'Bottle Rocket' PP24486 CPBRAF
Common Name: Ligularia
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Purple' PP22170 CPBRAF
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.