Many an alumroot plant has been hopefully transplanted to many a garden, only to leave the gardener disillusioned when May comes around again and the alumroot blooms. For the cluster of basal leaves of the alumroot is ornamental and promising. It would seem that certainly a beautiful flower would belong with such a handsome plant; besides the leave- look almost exactly like those of coral hells in the catalogs and gardens.


Heuchera richardsonii R. Br.

May - June Wooded hills.

Unroot is related to coral bells, but the Long, thin spikes of stems. which rise from the leaf-tuft, blossom out in nothing so fine as coral-like flowers. Here are dull, greenish-brown blossoms, remotely hell-like, with orange anthers thrusting out on green filaments. The cluster of flow in itself is a decorative grouping, except when aphids have attached themselves and spoiled any beauty it might have. But the color is undeniably dull and unattractive. Thus the alumroot blossoms each May and is usually unadmired for its flowers; the scalloped, round, hairy leaves, arranged in a broad cluster at the base of the plant, are always handsome throughout the growing season.

Alumroot is fairly common in dry woods, usually on slopes, with wild blue phlox, mayapples, and other typical May blossoms of the llinois oak woods.