Heart of Darkness

Heucherella 'Quicksilver' (PP#11,081) is by far the most adaptable Heucherella that we have grown. This was a 1997 introduction from The Primrose Path, and it won a first prize in September that same year at the Royal Society for Horticulture perennial plant exposition in Lisse, Netherlands. In the spring it is consistently one of the most admired plants in our woodland garden, and it has proved to be an exceptionally vigorous and enduring perennial.

Growth Habit - A loose mound of foliage about 6" high X 14" wide. The flowers stems are erect to spreading and reach about 18".

Foliage -
Heucherella 'Quicksilver' has metallic silver foliage with bronze veining. In spring the new leaves are suffused with dark bronze. As the season goes on the foliage gradually changes to silvery green (below), which can be a dramatic reflective metallic. The leaves are rounded and about 3.5" across.

Flowers - Open pale pink from pink buds and change to white. The  flower stems are dark bronze, and the white flowers perfectly complement the stem and foliage coloration. Bloom begins in mid spring and may continue on into July.
Heucherella 'Quicksilver' in early May
Heucherella 'Quicksilver'
Special Features - The flower color perfectly complements that of the stems and foliage. As winter comes the foliage of 'Quicksilver' turns red-brown and silver and hugs the ground. The leaves stay in good shape all winter, adding interest to the drab landscape.

We grow
our plants in humusy woodland soil in sites that receive spring sun and light shade during the summer. We combine them with small ferns, wild gingers, and Epimediums like E. youngianum 'Niveum' and E. pubigerum.

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