Native to the woods and prairies of North America, Perennial Coral Bell plants look nice in many settings. This perennial plant has evergreen leaves, in a variety of foliage colors, with scalloped edges. And, growing Coral Bells flowers is easy. Established plants are basically maintenance-free.
There are hundreds of varieties. 1/2-inch bell-shaped flowers bloom in the spring atop tall, thin spikes.
Hummingbirds are attracted to this flower.
Flower colors: include shades of red, white, pink, and coral.
Flowers Bloom: Spring
Plant Height: Coral Bell plants grow 12″ to 36″ tall.
Other Names: Coral Bells are also called Alumroot.
Coral Bell plants look good in shade gardens, rock gardens, as border edgings, and for ground cover. Try them in containers, on your patio or deck.
Did You Know? Alumroots are used in some picking processes.
Perennial, Heucherads of varieties
The roots are used to shrink body tissue for nose bleeds, sore throats, ulcers, and hemorrhoids.
The plants are grown from seed. Sow Coral Bells seeds directly into your flower garden or started indoors for transplanting later.
If planting outdoors, sow Coral Bell seeds after the soil has begun to warm in the spring. Also, make sure to mark the planting site, as the seeds take a long time to germinate.
Due to the long germination time, we recommend an indoor start. Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. This will allow you to better space the plants in your flower bed.
The plants can also be propagated by dividing the clumps in the spring or the fall.
Plant Spacing: The final spacing in your garden should be one to two feet. Obviously, give larger varieties the most spcace.
Day to Germination: The seeds are slow to germinate. They take over 2 weeks.
As stated above, growing Coral Bells flowers is easy.
The plants grow best in full sun to partial shade. They tolerate a variety of soils but will do best in rich soil.
Add a general-purpose fertilizer once a month. We also recommend that you add a thick layer of compost or mulch, to feed the plants, keep weeds down, and retain moisture.
Keep plants watered, especially in the first year, and during dry periods.
After the first bloom in spring, deadhead spent blooms. This will promote a second bloom for the plants.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 7.0.
Plant Problems – causes and cures
Coral Bells are resistant to insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.