Heuchera 'Electra' PPAF
Common Name: Coral Bells
Zone 4 to 9,
Full sun to full shade, depending on zone.
Plants reach 8 inches tall and 14 inches wide.
Herbaceous perennial, evergreen in areas with mild winters
In spring, the leaves emerge electric yellow with bright red veining. As the season progresses, the colors soften to chartreuse with softer red veining that remains all summer. The evergreen foliage is tan during winter. This plant is a Heuchera villosa hybrid. The villosa species is a large, late blooming type that exhibits an increased tolerance of high heat and humidity over other species. Most produce cream flowers in midsummer, though they are grown more for their fantastic foliage. H. villosa is native to the southeastern United States.
Heucheras will perform best in organically rich, humus, medium wet, well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Performs well in full sun in the north, but prefers some afternoon shade in the south. If grown in full sun, consistent moisture is particularly important. They grow most vigorously and have the strongest colors when grown in partial shade (preferably afternoon shade). They can also be grown in full shade but their growth rate will be very slow.
Coral bells are easy to grow and blend easily with most other perennials in the landscape. Because of their low, mounding habit, they are often used as edging along paths or in containers. Remove stems of faded flowers to encourage additional bloom. Foliage is essentially evergreen in warm winter climates, but the amount of retained foliage color in cold winter climates depends upon the temperatures. In cold winter climates, winter mulch applied after the ground freezes will help prevent root heaving. Clumps may be divided in the spring every 3 to 4 years
Attributes: Border plants, Container, Cut flower or foliage, Edging, Mass planting, Salt Tolerant, Specimen or focal point plant, Deer resistant, Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.