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How to Grow Coral Bells Perennial Flower Plant

Perennial, Heuchera

Native to woods and prairies of North America, Coral Bell plants will look nice in many settings. This perennial plant has evergreen leaves, in a variety of foliage colors, with scalloped edges. Coral Bell plants grow 12" to 36" tall.

There are about 36 species of Coral Bells. 1/2 inch bell shaped flowers bloom in the spring atop tall, thin spikes. Flower colors include shades of red, white, pink and coral.

Hummingbirds are attracted to this flower.  

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 Coral Bells in containers, on your patio or deck.

Did You Know? Alum Roots are used in some picking processes.


Coral Bells are grown from seed. They can be directly seeded 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.

Coral Bells can also be propagated by dividing the clumps in the spring or the fall.

How to Grow Coral Bell Plants:

Growing Coral Bells flowers is easy. They grow best in full sun to partial shade. They tolerate a variety of soils, but will do best in a 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.

Medicinal Uses:

The roots are used to shrink body tissue for nose bleeds, sore throats, ulcers and piles.

Insect and Disease:

Coral Bells are resistant to insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

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