Heuchera 'Caramel' PP 16,560
Caramel Coral Bells
Item #: 7126
Zones: 4a to 8b, at least
Height: 12" tall
Origin: United States Hybrid
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I first saw the handiwork of French breeder Thierry Delabroye on a 2004 trip to Holland. I returned home with a plant of Heuchera 'Caramel' and planted it beside other coral bells that were on trial. By the end of the summer (more than 100 days over 86 degrees F), most of the coral bells were dead. However, this selection loved the weather. The reason is the use of the heat-loving Heuchera villosa in the breeding line. The 1' tall x 2' wide hairy clumps emerge with butterscotch foliage which changes to peachy-orange as the season progresses. These sun-tolerant plants are topped in summer with tall spikes of small white flowers.
Heuchera 'Caramel' is a relatively maintenance free perennial. After flowering is finished, we like to cut back the old flower stalks, for a tidier appearance, but it has not effect on the growth of the plant.
Heucheras by nature are short-lived perennials, with a life expectancy of 5-7 years. When plants begin to decline, they can be lifted, divided, and reset, to start the clock ticking again. We have had the best success doing this in fall, but most likely other seasons will work as well.
Good drainage is the key to growing coral bells successfully. Good drainage does not mean the plants cannot tolerate irrigation or rainfall, just that the moisture must drain away quickly. Light shade to a couple of hours of early morning sun works best. Deep shade is not conducive to growing good coral bells.
Caramel Coral Bells is prized for it's attractive vertical stalks of white flowers as well as it's beautiful coral-orange evergreen foliage, which adds winter interest to the woodland gardens.
Bees and to a lesser extent hummingbirds are the main pollinators that you're likely to see on your Caramel coral bells.
Flower Color: White/Cream
Container Role: Fillers
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