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Coral Bells: Heuchera sanguinea 'Frosty'

Botanical name: Heuchera sanguinea 'Frosty'

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 9b

deer resistant

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'Frosty' Coral Bells has to be one of the 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. Coral bells 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. This is a really exciting variety with lots of bright red flowers. The stems are strong, so they cut well. Foliage is very heavily variegated and it forms a neat mound. This one will be around for many years. From Terra Nova. – edited by dtd pbcouchman


Heuchera sanguinea is native to Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.

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