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BOTANICAL NAME: Heuchera 'Melting Fire'
OTHER NAMES: Coralbells, Alumroot
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 38 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 25 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to full shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Red
FLOWERING TIME: Late spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Burgundy
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 4 ( Should survive upto -34.4° Celcius ) - Requires protected location
Red bells rise from compact mounds of burgundy foliage with extremely ruffled edges; young leaves are red; amazing contrast to other plants; great versatility; keep soil moist in heat of summer
Melting Fire Coral Bells features dainty spikes of red bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive crinkled lobed leaves remain burgundy in colour with distinctive red veins throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Melting Fire 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.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Melting Fire Coral Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Melting Fire Coral Bells will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 15 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. 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 covering it with a thick layer of mulch 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.
Melting Fire Coral Bells is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.