Family: Saxifragaceae

Scientific Name: Heuchera richardsonii

Common Name: Prairie Alumroot, Heuchera Richardsonii


Prairie Alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii) is found in prairies, savannas, and woodlands. Preferring full sun and drier growing conditions.

Plant TypePerennials Hardy, Wild Flowers
Hardiness Zone5
Sunlightfull, mostly sunny
Soil & Siteaverage, found in prairies and open woods, growing in medium-wet to medium-dry soil
Flowers2-3 foot scapes, terminates in a narrow panicle of greenish, yellowish or some reds, has five stamen with orange anthers
Fruitbrown capsules, tiny brown seeds
Leavesrosette of basal leaves, hairy leaf blades and petiole, palmately lobed
Rootsstout crown, fibrous
Dimensions1-2 feet tall flower stalks
Propagationseeds, division
Native SiteNorthern and western North America
Misc FactsGenus name honors Johann Heinrich von Heucher (1677-1747), physician, botanist and medicinal plant expert at Wittenberg University, Germany. Common name of coral bells is in reference to the red bell-shaped flowers produced by Heuchera sanguina. Common name of alum root is in reference to the medicinal use of some species plants as an astringent to stop bleeding". (#144)
Notes & Reference#144-Missouri Botanical Gardens website (, #153-Illinois Wildflower (, #191-Minnesota Wild Flowers (
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