Coral Bells Heuchera sanguinea
Other plants called Coral Bells:
Previously known as:
- Heuchera sanguinea var. pulchra
- Heuchera sanguinea var. sanguinea
- Phonetic Spelling
- HEW-ker-ah san-GWIN-ee-ah
Coral bells is a clump-forming perennial appreciated for its interesting green, heart-shaped or roundish leaves, and its upright panicles of tiny bright pink to red flowers which appear in late spring.
Heuchera sanguinea var. pulchra is a dwarf subspecies, only 8" tall, that grows with fuschia-pink flowers in the mountains of Arizona. It will grow in full sun but does best in dappled shade with well-drained soil.
The genus name Heuchera is in honor of the 18th-century German physician, botanist, and medicinal plant expert Johann Heinrich von Heucher. Sanguinea means 'blood red' and refers to the color of the flowers.
Learn more about Heuchera spp.
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Quick ID Hints:
- Acaulescent herb with kidney-shaped, peltatre leav
- Tall scapes with small bell-shaped flowers
- Inflorescences slender, branched, narrow, well overtopping leaves
Acaulescent, erect perennial herb 1-1.7' tall, clumping to 1-2.5' diam.
Blooms late spring to early summer; requires watering during dry periods; removing spent flower stalks enhances flowering; utilized for edging, massing ground cover, source for bees and hummingbirds.
Full sun to partial shade; prefers well-drained soil with high organic content; intolerant clay soils; rotting and some insects (mealy bug, strawberry root weevil) are main promblems.
- See this plant in the following landscape:
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- Uses (Ethnobotany):
- It has been used medicinally to shrink tissues in nose bleeds, sore throats, ulcers and piles by Native Peoples due to its astringent qualities.
- Life Cycle:
- Recommended Propagation Strategy:
- Country Or Region Of Origin:
- Southwestern United States
- cliffs, hills and alpine areas in New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico
- Wildlife Value:
- Members of the genus Heuchera support the following specialized bee: Colletes aestivalis. Tannin in the foliage makes this plant unappetizing to deer and rabbits.
- Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
- Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
Whole Plant Traits:
- Plant Type:
- Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
- Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
- Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
- Soil Texture:
- High Organic Matter
- Soil Drainage:
- Good Drainage
- NC Region:
- USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
- 3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
- Flower Color:
- Flower Inflorescence:
- Flower Value To Gardener:
- Flower Bloom Time:
- Flower Shape:
- Flower Size:
- < 1 inch
- Flower Description:
- A narrow racemose panicle of small cymes well over-topping leaves; one main elongated, erect, tall axis; lateral branches short, several-flowered; bracts red. Small, bright red, pink or white; sepals ovate-deltoid; corolla campanulate, 1/4-3/4" long, lobes minute.
- Leaf Color:
- Leaf Shape:
- Hairs Present:
- Leaf Length:
- 3-6 inches
- Leaf Width:
- 1-3 inches
- Leaf Description:
- 5-7 slightly toothed, triangular pointed lobes. Basal rosette reniform to broadly ovate-orbicular, abtuse, cordate, shallowly 5-lobed, dentate, 1-2" broad; primary veins palmate; petiole elongate, peltate, glandular-pubescen, 1.5-5" long.
- Stem Is Aromatic:
- Landscape Location:
- Landscape Theme:
- Rock Garden
- Shade Garden
- Design Feature:
- Mass Planting
- Specialized Bees
- Resistance To Challenges:
- Dry Soil