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Coral Bells: Heuchera 'Pewter Veil'

Botanical name: Heuchera 'Pewter Veil'

Common name: coral bells

also known as (American alumroot, coralbells, alum root)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, alkaline, sand
Zones: 5a thru 9b


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'Pewter Veil' coral bells has to be one of the longest-blooming, most useful perennials on anyone's list. The popularity of this old garden plant has been on the rise due to the introduction of many new varieties by some adventuresome hybridizers. Notable among these is Dan Heims of Portland, Oregon. The delicate blooms are long lived when cut and are produced in profusion. The newer varieties have made significant improvements in foliage. Every summer bouquet should benefit from coral bells. Be sure to deadhead regularly to prolong the bloom season. Heuchera will grow in most any well-drained alkaline soil. Divide every three years. Some good plants to associate with coral bells include brunnera, shasta daisy, scabiosa, daylily (especially dwarf) and most any plant with a vertical emphasis, such as iris. This is perhaps Dan Heims's most unusual Heuchera--it is his most popular. The 6-inch wide leaves have a metallic, pewter-colored finish when mature. This metallic finish is netted with purple veins. The emerging leaves are colored copper pink. White flowers are secondary.

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