Botanical Name: Heuchera sanguinea
Common Name: Coral Bells  
Plant photo of: Heuchera sanguinea
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, Red, White


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Meadow


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Patio, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Greg Applegate/Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Coral Bells have beautiful round, scalloped leaves that makes this plant a garden favorite even when it isn't in bloom. Red to carmine bell-shaped flowers appear on a long, graceful, wiry stem in late spring. Removing the spent flowers will prolong the bloom season. Excellent for dry shade areas, they will require more water with more light. Many species and selections are available with different leave and flower colors; also with differing water tolerances. For best effect, plant many together, as they are delicate in appearance and can get lost among bolder plants.
Coral Bell prefer well drained, rich soil in full to part shade, though they do surprisingly well in sun if they are given good soil in which to grow. Deadhead spent flowers to prolong bloom. Cut off dead foliage in late winter as new growth emerges. Generally leaf mound is under 12 inches with flower stems rising up to 14 to 24 inches, depending on variety. At their best with protection from mid-day sun.