This tough perennial forms a compact mound of maple-like green leaves; showy, intensely blood-red flowerspikes rise above the foliage on slender stems and have a subtle, sweet fragrance; attracts butterflies and hummingbirds; deer resistant; drought and heat tolerant once established.
Vibrant as an accent and in borders, containers, mass plantings, water-wise and woodland gardens
Heuchera sanguinea 'Ruby Bells'
(Ruby Bells Coral Bells)
Full sun to full shade
10" (25 cm)
18" (46 cm)
18" (46 cm)
Intensely blood-red flowerspikes rise on slender stems
June - July
Moderate-Low. Requires regular watering during hot spells
Prefers average, well-drained soils
Heuchera are vigorous growers and wonderfully easy to care for. Adding some organic matter to the soil before you plant will help give it a great start. Adding a little mulch in the summer will help retain moisture. Good drainage is essential, particularly in the winter, particularly, as the plants tend to heave up as a result of frozen ground. To help avoid this problem, add compost around the plant in the fall. Shear off damaged leaves in the spring, making way for new growth. You'll see the strongest colouring if you plant Heuchera in partial shade. Purple colours seem to do well in sunny location, while orange or gold colours do best in the shade. Deadhead the flowers to keep the plants looking tidy. Heucheras are relatively disease resistant, particularly if the soil is adequately prepared. Divide the plants every 3 or 4 years. These plants can be placed under Black Walnut trees as they are not affected by the Juglone toxin produced by the tree roots.