Coral Bells are in the genus Heucheras and contain over 35 native species. They have colorful foliage ranging from yellow to green to multiple shades of red and purple depending on cultivar. They are a wonderful foliage perennial and since their blooms last only 3 to 4 weeks, it is important to enjoy the gorgeous foliage that sticks around for the remaining 6 to 8 months. Some Heucheras are even semi evergreen. The leaves arise from a central rosette and their graceful bell shaped blooms rise high above the foliage.
The foliage of most cultivars reaches 8 to 12 inches in height with a spread of 1 to 2 feet wide. When blooming, the flower stalks reach 1 to 3 feet tall. The Villosa hybrids are larger than the Americana hybrids.
- Plant in partial shade or filtered sun. The yellow and red ones can take more sun. Heucheras grow naturally in wooded areas as well as arid rocky regions in the midwest, making it a suitable addition to plant along woodland edges, rock gardens or in natural gardens.
- Try planting alongside the foliage of ferns, caladiums and hostas. They’re also beautiful with shade loving perennials such as bleeding heart, iris and astilbe.
- Coral Bells grow well in containers. Keep plant moist in well-draining soil—preferably enriched with compost or other type of organic matter.
- Heucheras are DEER REISISTANT!
- Hummingbirds often visit heuchera flowers.