| Heuchera 'Caramel' PP16560
Common Name: Coral Bells
Zone 4 to 9, Evergreen (in some or all zones)
Full sun to full shade, depending on zone and conditions.
Plants reach 12 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide,
Leaves emerge green to golden yellow, and matures to its bright golden caramel color by summer. A robust grower, the bright yellow-orange leaves have purple-red undersides. Tiny, light pink to cream flowers, which appear later than most heucheras, are about 18 inches tall.
Fabulous compact habit looks great in containers or as edging. 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.
Easy to grow average soil; 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.