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Coral bells

coral bellsCoral bells are a familiar and popular perennial because they adapt to various exposures and bloom reliably.

This plant grows well in sun or partial shade. The flowers vary from pink and light, coral-red to deep scarlet and white. As with many perennials, coral bells provide a stunning color from late spring into early summer. Panicles of flowers are held on wiry, sturdy stems and are useful in fresh bouquets. In fact cutting the flowers prolongs the bloom.

red leaf coral bellsAfter coral bells have bloomed, their foliage remains evergreen into the winter. Coral bells form low, mounding clumps of green foliage, often with marbled markings, that spread from 12 to 14 inches wide with flower stems that reach from 12 to 18 inches in height.

coral bellsSnow Angel coral bells are an attractive form of this plant with variegated foliage. Related, beautiful species include Heuchera micrantha and its variety Palace Purple with elegant foliage in deep shades of burgundy and Heuchera americana with striking variegated markings. The flowers of these species are usually white to pale pink, contrasting with the darker tones of the leaves. These specimens are best grown in light shade and are excellent companions with plantain lily and lungwort. Most varieties are hardy to 8,500 feet. Grow and enjoy these great plants. They are easy, adaptable and very rewarding.

For more information, see the following Colorado State University Extension fact sheet(s).

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Updated Tuesday, November 19, 2013