Meadow Alumroot – Heuchera chlorantha

Saxifrage Family – Saxifragaceae

Actual flower size: 3/4 inch long

Actual flower size: 3/4 inch long

Plant Description: Meadow Alumroot is a 6 to 36 inches tall perennial. The stems are leafless with 1 or 2 bracts below a narrow, tightly packed, 6-inch long raceme of bell-shaped flowers. The basal leaves have long petioles and are up to 3 inches wide, heart-shaped, slightly wider than long, with 5 to 9 rounded, shallow lobes. There are long brownish hairs on the leaves and lower stems, changing to whitish hairs at the top.

Flower Description: The 5 hairy sepals are joined only a short distance and form a bell-shaped flower that points upwards. The lobes are greenish-white, oblong and about 3/4 long, The petals are linear or, more often, partly or entirely lacking. If present they are half as long as the sepals. The 5 stamen with orange anthers are shorter than the sepals.

Ecology: Meadow Alumroot grows on moist grassy bluffs, rocky slopes and forest edges from low to middle elevations