Thursday, July 18, 2013

Heuchera or Coralbel

Heuchera or Coralbel is simply a wonderful plants. It can be used as a ground-cover, or as a short shrub border, the flowers are good for cutting and attract butterflies.  

There are about 55 species of this evergreen and semi evergreen perennial. They have woody roots and form in clumps or rounded mounds, their long stalked boldly veined leaves are impacted with their darker to lighter shadings. The small tubular flowers are basically inconspicuously borne on long, narrow stalks between early and late summer and depending on the variety range from white, purple or bright to pale pink in color.

This easy to grow, drought resistant plant is mostly found in shade gardens, but it will tolerate early-morning and or afternoon sun, which increases its flowering and the impact on its color variegated leaves. Standing 6 to 18 inches tall and 10 inches to 2 feet wide, the plant has few disease or pest problems and depending on the variety can be grown in zones 2 to 9.

Once your Heuchera is planted in well-drained soil with ample humus, the only other care it will require is to remove any damaged leaves in the spring and pinch off the faded flowers to encourage a re-bloom. 

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