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Coral Bells: Heuchera 'Red Spangles'

Botanical name: Heuchera 'Red Spangles'

Common name: coral bells

also known as (coralbells, alum root)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, alkaline, sand
Zones: 5a thru 8b

deer resistant

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'Red Spangles' is still a winner. Its flower stems are densely covered with brilliant scarlet-red flowers. Leaves are lightly mottled. 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. Most heuchera cultivars are flowering in early June and don't stop until the end of August. 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. Although coral bells bloom in late spring, the flowers are usually not nearly as showy as the foliage. Provide partial shade with rich, consistently moist soil that has adequate drainage. Coral bells hate wet feet! Does best in cooler climates. – edited by dtd pbcouchman


'Red Spangles' is one of British plantsman Alan Bloom's varieties, introduced in 1958.

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