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Heuchera selections


Exciting new selections with incredible foliage patterns have put coralbells on the map. Previously enjoyed mainly for their spires of dainty reddish flowers, coralbells are now grown as much for the unusual mottling and veining of different-color leaves. The low clumps of long-stemmed evergreen or semi-evergreen lobed foliage make coralbells fine groundcover plants. They enjoy humus-rich, moisture-retaining soil. Beware of heaving in areas with very cold winters.

Sun,Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
12-36 inches tall
Plant Width:
6-30 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Heuchera 'Amber Waves' has 8-inch mounds of exciting wavy-edge leaves that are salmon pink when young but mature to rusty gold with lavender overtones. In spring it produces loose spires of small pink flowers. Zones 4-9
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Heuchera 'Dolce Blackcurrant' offers rich purple leaves with splashes of silver. It grows 16 inches tall and 20 inches wide. Zones 4-9
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Heuchera 'Dolce Creme Brulee' offers lovely bronzy foliage from spring to fall. It grows 16 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 4-9
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Heuchera 'Dolce Key Lime Pie' features exciting lime-green foliage from spring to fall and clusters of pink flowers in spring. It grows 16 inches tall and 14 inches wide. Zones 4-9
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Heuchera 'Green Spice' has 9-inch mounds of scalloped, red-veined silvery leaves edged with gray-green. Dainty spires of white flowers rise above the foliage. Zones 4-9
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Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple' has 12-inch mounds of long-petioled, ivy-shape, deep purple leaves with dark red undersides. These may fade out to greenish bronze in full summer sun. Panicles of tiny flowers bloom aloft in spring. Zones 4-9
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Heuchera 'Pewter Veil' has scalloped, rounded leaves of metallic silver with purple-gray veins and pink undersides. They form 12-inch mounds, above which panicles of tiny white flowers bloom in spring. Zones 4-9
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Plant It With

Lungwort has lance-shape, usually mottled leaves that contrast well with the rounded coralbells leaves.


The fluffy red, pink, or white plumy flowers and ferny leaves of astilbe combine well with coralbells in shaded, moist sites.


Bold-foliage hostas prefer moist soil and somewhat shaded conditions, making them perfect partners for coralbells.

Japanese painted fern

The delicately variegated markings of Japanese painted fern echo the markings on coralbells foliage.