DESCRIPTION: Large burgundy foliage that progresses to silvery gray with black veins, with vivid pink undersides; spikes of creamy white flowers in late spring; amazing contrast to other plants; great versatility;...
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DESCRIPTION: Large burgundy foliage that progresses to silvery gray with black veins, with vivid pink undersides; spikes of creamy white flowers in late spring; amazing contrast to other plants; great versatility; keep soil moist in heat of summer

BOTANICAL NAME: Heuchera villosa 'Magnum'
OTHER NAMES: Coralbells, Alumroot
AVERAGE HEIGHT: 45 cm
AVERAGE SPREAD: 60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to full shade
FLOWER COLOUR: White
FLOWERING TIME: Late spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Burgundy with darker purple veins
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 4 ( Should survive up to -34.4° Celsius ) - Requires protected location
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage, Border, Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

Ornamental Features

Magnum Coral Bells features dainty spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive large crinkled lobed leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning silver in colour with distinctive black veins and tinges of rose the rest of the year. 

Landscape Attributes

Magnum Coral Bells is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer 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.

Magnum Coral Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Magnum Coral Bells will grow to be about 18 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.

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 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.

Magnum 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. 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.

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