Heuchera sanguinea v. pulchra
Dwarf Coral Bells
DetailsHeuchera sanguinea v. pulchra is a dwarf coral bells subspecies that blooms in early summer with a stunning display of fuchsia- pink flowers held over compact rosettes of hairy foliage. In the rock garden, this perennial wildflower enjoys a north or northeast-facing crevice. At higher elevations, it grows in full sun but generally does best in dappled shade where the soil drains well. Native to the mountains of the southwestern USA.
|Common Name||Dwarf Coral Bells|
|Botanical Name||Heuchera sanguinea v. pulchra|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||8” tall|
|Mature Spread||10-12" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring through early summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Advantages||Attract Hummingbirds, Good for Containers, Native, Plants for Small Spaces|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips On Growing Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Heuchera (Coral Bells) is a genus of North American native perennials known for their attractive foliage and showy flower sprays.
Preferred growing conditions:
- Plant in compost enriched soils with good drainage.
- Position in partial to full shade.
- Mulch with commonly available mulch materials.
- Coral Bells like moderate soil moisture and should be watered regularly, especially when conditions are dry.
- Deadheading will prolong blooming.
- Fertilize lightly in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
- Heuchera should not be divided.
- Leave the plants standing over the winter months, and removed winter-killed foliage in mid-spring. Plants are semi-evergreen with thick succulent stems growing from the crown and should not be cut back, only trimmed.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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