American Alum Root
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American Alum Root
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: American Alum Root, Alumroot, American Sanicle, Coral Bells, Rock Geranium
Botanical name: Heuchera americana    Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)

American Alum Root is a small, mounding herbaceous perennial with attractive leaf color. It has fibrous roots and a mounded rosette of attractive leaves highlighted with colorful veins or marbling. The palmately lobed leaves emerge in a dense spiral from a short central crown and can be green or variegated in shades of purple, bronze or cream. Flower panicles emerge in the spring on leafless stalks above the leaves. The individual tiny flowers are bell-shaped with protruding stamens and are greenish or creamy with a pinkish tint. American Alum Root is native to SE Canada to the USA. In nature, it can be found growing in rocky forests and rock outcrops, particularly where soils are acidic. It is commonly cultivated as a houseplant for its attractive leaves.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Imphal, Manipur.

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