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Heuchera ‘Steel City’

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Heuchera ‘Steel City’ is a medium-sized cultivar and was one of the most understated but beautiful selections in our trial. Its unique blue-green foliage is a hue not seen in any other cultivar. In early spring a multitude of muted silver leaves with a purple blush erupt from the crown. As the leaves mature they become increasingly bluish green. In early summer, numerous wands of dainty pink flowers appear above the plant. In addition to the beautiful foliage color and floral display, ‘Steel City’ also had a perfectly dense and uniform habit throughout the trial. This is not entirely surprising as one of its parents is the equally dependable Heuchera villosa ‘Bronze Wave’. However, it is a shock that ‘Steel City’ is not more commonly available. It’s one of the few plants that excelled in all categories of beauty, performance, and floral display. When grown in full sun, ‘Steel City’ experienced moderately burnt leaf tips and significant discoloration, and is thus only recommended for part shade – full shade conditions.


  • Rating
  • Common Name
    Steel City alumroot  
  • Bloom Period
    late May – early July 
  • Size
    12” x 30” x 18” (h x w x flower hgt.) 
  • Flower Color
  • Floral Display
  • Sun Tolerance
    4 hours or less