Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in shaded cliff bases, usually under overhangs, on grotto floors, behind waterfalls where humidity is high but not in the spray zone, in rockhouses of the Cumberland Plateau, nearly always in deeply shaded situations where little or no direct sunlight falls, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Calyx white-hairy; petals pink
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5 petals (usually)
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Saxifragales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Heuchera parviflora var. parviflora   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Heuchera parviflora var. parviflora   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 094-11-002:
Heuchera parviflora   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Heuchera parviflora

 

COMMON NAME:
Littleflower Alumroot, Cave Alumroot, Cumberland Grotto Alumroot, Small-flower Alumroot


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image of Heuchera parviflora var. parviflora, Littleflower Alumroot, Cave Alumroot, Cumberland Grotto Alumroot, Small-flower Alumroot

JK Marlow    jkm0504r_01

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

The small, sharply toothed, rounded leaves have gently cut lobes, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

image of Heuchera parviflora var. parviflora, Littleflower Alumroot, Cave Alumroot, Cumberland Grotto Alumroot, Small-flower Alumroot

JK Marlow    jkm0504r_02

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Heuchera usually has leaves as wide as long and with prominent variegation, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Heuchera parviflora var. parviflora, Littleflower Alumroot, Cave Alumroot, Cumberland Grotto Alumroot, Small-flower Alumroot

JK Marlow    jkm190423_7648

April    Oconee County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Heuchera parviflora var. parviflora, Littleflower Alumroot, Cave Alumroot, Cumberland Grotto Alumroot, Small-flower Alumroot

JK Marlow    jkm190423_7651

April    Oconee County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Uncommon throughout its range, per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Alumroot, Foamflower, and Miterwort

image of Heuchera parviflora var. parviflora, Littleflower Alumroot, Cave Alumroot, Cumberland Grotto Alumroot, Small-flower Alumroot

Ron Lance    rwl670_a

September        

In deeply shaded sites, it is often the only vascular plant present, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Heuchera parviflora var. parviflora, Littleflower Alumroot, Cave Alumroot, Cumberland Grotto Alumroot, Small-flower Alumroot

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_heuchera_parviflora

November        

The tiny white flowers are in multiple branched racemes, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.