The Forever® Purple Heuchera, otherwise known as the Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 or Red-Leaf Hibiscus ‘Panama Red’, False Roselle ‘Panama Red’, African Rose Mallow ‘Panama Red’, Hibiscus ‘Panama Red’, ‘Panama Red’ Hibiscus, Hibiscus acetosella ‘Panama Red’ PP20121, is a rather well known perennial plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and fast growth, this perennial will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its purple colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Forever® Purple Heuchera Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
In order to take proper care of your Forever® Purple Heuchera you’ll need to keep in mind the following guidelines:
- Water: The Forever® Purple Heuchera prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
- Light: Keep your Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 in an environment where it can receive full shade to full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Forever® Purple Heuchera in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, loam, and clay.
And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Forever® Purple Heuchera will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Forever® Purple Heuchera belongs to the Malvaceae family, the genus Hibiscus and the species Acetosella, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 (HEW-ker-a).
As with other Hibiscus’s, the Forever® Purple Heuchera is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year.
The Forever® Purple Heuchera is a plant native to the Burundi to S. Tropical Africa.
Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Forever® Purple Heuchera. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.
With this in mind, the Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 12 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 9, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Forever® Purple Heuchera is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.
But, what size of Forever® Purple Heuchera are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…
The Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 can grow up to 3′ – 4′ (90cm – 120cm) in 3′ – 4′ (90cm – 120cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm).
These dimensions make the Forever® Purple Heuchera a relatively medium perennial compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful mounding shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 24″ (60cm) free so the Forever® Purple Heuchera can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Forever® Purple Heuchera is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively low to average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Forever® Purple Heuchera in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Forever® Purple Heuchera then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Forever® Purple Heuchera needs or does not need water, every time.
As mentioned earlier, the Forever® Purple Heuchera prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, loam, and clay.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably neutral to acid soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Forever® Purple Heuchera requires full shade to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this perennial will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a herbaceous plant, the Forever® Purple Heuchera will die back to the ground every year.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.
You can expect your Forever® Purple Heuchera to flower around the summer, fall and in the winter months from July to September (summer), from October to December (fall) and from January to March (winter).
In particular, this perennial is well known for its flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Forever® Purple Heuchera produces some beautiful purplish-pink, or gold/yellow,purple/lavender, brown/copperpink, and red/burgundy flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Forever® Purple Heuchera have a beautiful purple color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a compound (pinnately, bipinnately, palmately) arrangement in its leaves.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Forever® Purple Heuchera is well known for being able to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 will be fine.
Now, let’s talk garden and how your Forever® Purple Heuchera will look best in it.
Most Heuchera X ‘Tnheufp’ Plant Patent #26,358 owners agree that this perennial will look great in most cottage, contemporary and rustic gardens of all types.
In particular, the Forever® Purple Heuchera’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a border, mass planting, rock garden, accent, edging, specimen, cutting garden, container, ground cover, or a woodland garden.
Forever® Purple Heuchera’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Astilbe, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Helleborus will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
So that’s it! These are the main plant care requirements that you need to keep in mind in order to have a healthy Forever® Purple Heuchera in your garden or home.