Maryland Native Plants for Winter Color: Heuchera americana – Coral Bells

Nov 30, 2023 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Maryland Native Plants for Winter Color

Heuchera americana – Coral Bells

Heuchera americana


Heuchera americana, Coral bells, is a native, clump-forming perennial with a basal clump of heart-shaped leaves.  This plant provides multi-season color as it is semi-evergreen. Coral bells can be massed to form a ground cover as the foliage typically grows to 1 foot in height. In the late-spring/early-summer a flower spike reaches up and a display of delicate  greenish-white, bell-shaped flowers attracts pollinators and hummingbirds. Some cultivars bloom at different times of the year. Best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Can tolerate sun, but prefers some shade in the heat of the afternoon.

LGS notes: Heuchera americana is one of my favorite plants for my hanging baskets in my shade gardens. I find that it tolerates those conditions well and I love looking at it in the winter.” – Ari
“Coral bells come in many beautiful and different cultivars and are frequented by pollinators including hummingbirds” – Perri
Common Name: Coral Bells
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: North America, MD (Mountain, Piedmont)
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Greenish white with red tinge
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Leaf: Colorful
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)
Heuchera americana 'Autumn bride'

Heuchera americana ‘Autumn bride’

Heuchera americana 'Berry smoothie'

Heuchera americana ‘Berry smoothie’

Heuchera americana 'Caramel'

Heuchera americana ‘Caramel’

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