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Purple Petticoats Coral Bells

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Large and vigorous, this variety features deep purple ruffled foliage with creamy white flowers rising above in the early summer months; great for adding texture and color to beds, borders and containers; easy to grow; drought tolerant once established

Characteristics

Other Species Names:
Coralbells, Alumroot
Average Landscape Height:
12 inches (24 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Heuchera
Cultivar:
Purple Petticoats
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
over mound
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
20 inches
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Form:
bell
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Purple Petticoats Coral Bells features dainty spikes of creamy white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive crinkled lobed leaves remain deep purple in color with curious crimson undersides throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Petticoats Coral Bells is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Purple Petticoats Coral Bells will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. However, you may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Purple Petticoats Coral Bells is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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