Coral Flower for Descanso Gardens
Coral Flower (Heuchera sanguinea ) is a perennial that is also
sometimes called Alum Root.
It blooms from spring through late summer.
Breeders have developed many new color varieties that do well in
These selections often have white flowers, but are mainly grown for
the showy leaves.
Coral Bells also make an attractive ground cover.
Heuchera sanguinea is very attractive to hummingbirds, especially
since it is one of the first red flowers to bloom in spring.
Heucheras make a nice cut flower.
SOURCES: Local nurseries and mail order sources.
- Location: Plant in light or filtered shade.
If in the sun, they don't survive our hot, dry summers and fall.
- Soil: Well drained, moist and fertile.
- Water: Heuchera likes regular watering.
Reduce water in late fall to encourage winter dormancy.
Coral Bells may be started from seed in spring.
Protect until the plants become well rooted.
They transplant easily from home-grown or purchased four-inch
plants or six-pacs. Best transplanted in spring.
Clumps need to be divided every three or four years.
The younger, rooted clumps can be easily transplanted to form
- TRY THESE SPECIES:
- Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea )
has red flowers and blooms early. It is great for hummingbirds.
- Heuchera americana cultivars such as 'Pewter Veil',
'Persian Carpet' or 'Velvet Night'
provide purple or other dark leaf colors.
- A new offering called 'Midnight Rose' looks very appealing
in the catalogs. It has almost black leaves with splashes
of bright rosy-pink. It's definitely on my Christmas wish
- Heuchera briziodes hybrids such as 'Chatterbox',
'Firefly' or 'Oakington Jewel' provide blooms in red to
rose shades and interesting leaf colors.
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