Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
12-24 in. H (with flower stalk) x 12-18 in. W
Small greenish-purple bell-shaped flowers drooping from short branching stems; stamens tipped with orange anthers; flowers have 5 petals, 5 sepals and 5 stamens.
Bloom Time Notes:
Evergreen 7-9 shallowly lobed, toothed and heart-shaped basal leaves; 3-4 inches wide; each leaf has a long stalk and grows from base of plant; leaves hairy underneath.
Small bees visit the flowers
Dry, upland woods and rocky hillsides.
Seeds; division; leaf cuttings
Sun or Shade:
Coral bells (Heuchera americana) grows in part shade to shade; acid, rich, rocky soil; moist to dry soil conditions. The root is thick and almost woody. Over time a population can grow to a ground cover effect.
Note: Can be confused with Tiarella (Foam Flower) when not in bloom; both are in the Saxifragaceae family. In the nursery trade the two plants are hybridized to create "foamy bells" known as Heucherella.
Other Common Names: Alumroot