coral bellsHeuchera come in many different colors and can brighten up shady spots in your garden. They were named after Johan Heinrich von Heucher, an 18th century German professor of medicine and a botanist. He specialized in medicinal plants and authored several books.

There are 50-70 species of Heuchera that are native to North America.

They attract nectar-loving critters such as hummingbirds and butterflies to their bell-shaped flowers from late spring to early fall. These flowers are often a pinkish or reddish color and where the nickname “Coral Bells” is derived. The flower clusters are held above the colorful foliage on wiry stems.

The foliage of Heuchera can differ greatly in color, size and leaf shape. They range from deep purple to bronze, chartreuse, green and more with leaves that can be smooth, wavy or ruffled. The darker the leaf, the more sun a plant can tolerate and the lighter yellow the leaf, the less sun it can tolerate.

These varieties have been discontinued but feel free to peruse the information.

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