Round-leaf Alumroot – Heuchera cylindrica

Saxifrage Family – Saxifragaceae

Actual flower size: 1/3 inch across

Actual flower size: 1/3 inch across

Plant Description: Round-leaf Alumroot is a 6 to 35-inch tall perennial. The flowering stems are leafless, with hairs above and sometimes hairless below. There are many small flowers in a 3 to 12 inch spike at the top of the stem. It has a clump of basal leaves, long-stalked, oval to heart-shaped, up to 3 inches across, with 5 to 7 toothed lobes.

Flower Description: The flowers are 1/3 inch across. Cream colored to greenish-yellow sepals fuse to form a cup with five blunt-tipped lobes. The petals are small, linear, five or fewer and inconspicuous or absent. The 1 inch stamens are shorter than the sepals and have pale yellow, green or pink anthers.

Ecology: Round-leaf Alumroot grows on rocky ledges and talus slopes at middle to high elevations, mostly on the east side.