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Coral Bells | Plant Profile

Coral Bells (Heuchera coralbells) are widely variable perennials with showy leaves and multiseason interest. The leaves can be a multitude of colors and the leaves many textures. The main feature of these plants are the foliage, but in late spring to summer small flowers shoot up from the rest of the plant.

Coral Bells prefer medium moisture well-drained soils in part shade. Root rot may occur in poorly drained and wet soils. Spent flowers should be deadheaded to make way for new growth. A thick layer of mulch should help to prevent the roots from freezing in the cold Pennsylvania winters.

Coral Bells can be a beautiful addition to rock gardens, as groundcover or in areas that need some textural variety.


Coral Bells Characteristics

The foliage of Coral Bells can be anywhere from light green to dark purple. Some varieties have dark showy vaining which contrasts well with colorful leaves. Colorful flowers accent the vibrant foliage. Coral Bells can be the perfect option for a garden that requires multiseason interest. The leaves are often ruffled and greatly textured.

Coral Bells are easy to grow perennials conditions when are right. Soil should be of medium moisture and it should receive approximately 4 hours of sunlight per day. They are not particularly attractive to deer and rabbits and are rarely plagued by pests and disease. The roots are susceptible to frost damage so the foliage should not be cut back until early spring and mulch should be added as an insulator for winter.

Coral Bells are often paired with evergreens as the leaves create a beautiful contrast. They can be planted in rock gardens or near rock and concrete walls for texture and color. For textural interest, pair them with ferns and astilbes. They can be implemented in outdoor or indoor containers if given enough sunlight.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones  4 - 9
1.00 - 2.00'
1.00 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
June - July
Full Sun to Part Shade
Deer Resistant?