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With tiny bell-shaped flowers that create a foam of bloom, this plant is also appreciated for it handsome clumps of leaves, which are broad, lobed, and distinctively veined. From spring to fall the short delicate sprays of white or pink bells rise on slender stems. Foamy bells prefer light humus-rich soil that drains well.
Part Sun, Shade, Sun
Under 6 inches to 3 feet
To 2 feet wide
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'Sunspot' foamy bells
(X Heucherella 'Sunspot') sports bright yellow lobed leaves centered with a bright red splash when young. It produces pink flowers in spring and is hardy in Zones 4-9.
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