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Coral bells

Heuchera americana

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Rosettes of evergreen, leathery, heart-shaped leaves emerge marbled and veined with brown, maturing to deep green with copper-green shading. In summer, spikes of tiny greenish white flowers are held aloft on stalks up to 3 feet tall. Use coral bells in a border, rock garden, native plant garden, woodland,  or shade garden, or as edging or groundcover.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsNative of the dry and rocky woods of North Carolina, this plant has built-in shade tolerance, mildew resistance, insect resistance, cold and heat/humidity tolerance, and attractive seasonal variability.

CareGrow in fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral soil. Tolerates full sun in a moist site.

PropagationDivide in autumn.

ProblemsFoliar nematodes, rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spots.

  • Genus : Heuchera
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Zones : 8
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Flower Color : Green
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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