Now here's a beautiful accent for the partly to fully shaded border or container: a brilliantly variegated perennial with large, maple-leaf-like foliage of golden with generous maroon markings. Dense, vigorous, and very tolerant of heat and humidity, it's a trouble-free selection of x Heucherella, the cross of two native species: Heuchera and Tiarella.
Commonly known as Foamy Bells, x Heucherella really does combine the best of the two genii from which it is bred. From Heuchera, it gets its dramatic colors. From Tiarella, its plant habit, along with deeply lobed leaves and the tendency to sport red variegation at the center of each leaf. 'Golden Zebra' is the perfect example of this blend -- and the result is simply beautiful!
The foliage emerges from a tight crown in spring, densely layered and lovely. The large leaves have a feathery, light appearance that keeps the plant looking airy and graceful in the shade. By late spring, bell-shaped white blooms on long, slender stems 18 inches high have topped the foliage, and remain into summer. Hummingbirds visit these blooms religiously, and butterflies may also express an interest!
'Golden Zebra' is a good choice beneath high-canopy trees and shrubs, where filtered light is allowed to touch its foliage, but it also thrives in deeper shade as well. It is not fussy at all about soil type or conditions, provided the drainage is good. Plant it among its cousins in the shade border or fine containers, or use it to wake up Hosta and other late-emerging shade perennials in spring. By the time your Hostas have fully leafed out, 'Golden Zebra' will have already entertained visitors for 2 months or more with foliage and flowers!
Native vigor is a hallmark of 'Golden Zebra.' Reaching just 10 inches high (out of bloom) and 15 inches wide, it is untroubled by most pests and diseases, and so densely leafed that it has the impact of a much larger plant. Find a prominent place to show it off, and enjoy this carefree marvel for many seasons to come. Zones 4-9.