Sun/shade: Full sun to full shade
Soil: Average garden soil, well drained.
Moisture: moist, but well drained to get established, once established, it is very drought tolerant.
Disease and Pests: None known
Landscape use: Mass plantings, front or middle of the border, urban gardens, containers.
Market appeal / Uniqueness: Deep chocolate brown leaves with a slightly luminous, silver overlay make a stunning combination. This pant is heat and humidity tough and can withstand the coldest winters. Thick, sturdy chocolate brown stems hold many creamy-pink bell flowers that make for stunning cut flower displays.
Propagation methods: Tissue culture, divisions.
Bloom time: Early May for 4 to 6 weeks.
From the tough, hardy breeding lines of Charles and Martha Oliver of The Primrose Path, we are proud to bring you Heuchera ‘Dark Chocolate’. This is a medium-sized heuchera that produces a stunning combination of handsome, dark purple foliage and showy spires of light pink flowers. Three inch leaves are dark chocolaty-purple with light silver markings between the veins. The beautiful foliage holds its saturated color all summer, even in the Mid-Atlantic, where heat and humidity reign.
Dark Chocolate has relatively large flowers that begin as deep pink buds and mature to a soft, pale pink bloom with fringed edges. Blooms appear in late spring in long, narrow panicles reaching to a height of 18-24 inches and dangle gracefully at a very pleasing angle. The flower stems are dark purple and contrast very well with the soft pink blooms. Well-grown plants should have at least 8-10 inflorescences. This has been a tough and enduring plant, surviving dry and humid summers with no problems.