Heuchera Fire Alarm Description
Make heads turn this season with sizzling new Heuchera Fire Alarm. You'll love all the great features of this new and improved Coral Bells.
Vivid red mound shape foliage has excellent vigor along with time tested performance in the perennial garden.
Thick, leathery foliage stands up to the rigors of wind, rain, heat & humidity, and is one of the most colorful drought tolerant shade groundcovers to be introduced in recent years.
Fire Alarm has a 9" high mounding habit (14" tall when in flower). Ideal for planting in the front of the shade garden border, or mixed in with other perennials.
Foliage color is one of the secrets to long lasting color in the shade garden. Heucheras provide up to 3 seasons of interest with its beautifully mound of intense red foliage. This shade loving groundcovers needs little maintenance or work on your part, and will live for many years.
The semi-evergreen to evergreen leaves are thick and leathery, and vary in rich red color shades depending on the amount of shade and time of year. A couple of hours of morning sun will bring out the brightest color
In late spring, slender stems of white flowers rise up to 14", attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.
Heucheras are a low maintenance groundcover that thrives in moist, well-drained soil. They can take full sun in cool climates, part shade in warm ones. Stunning in combination planters, mixed beds, or yellow foliage plants such as Heuchera Lime Marmalade.
Other combination ideas include pairing with narrow leaf shade Ornamental Grasses, bold-leafed Hostas, or Hydrangeas.
Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Color Change, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hummingbird Lovers, Multi-season Interest
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- Botanical Name:
Heuchera 'Fire Alarm'
- Common Name:
- Sun Exposure:
Shade, Part Shade
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- Height x Width:
14" x 14"
- Flower Color:
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- Bloom Season:
Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Small Spaces, Under Planting, Woodland
- Cannot Ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: PPAF
Ideas and How-to's
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Soil: Coral bells like a neutral to slightly acid soil pH, somewhere between 6.0 and 7.0. Good drainage is a must, especially in shaded areas. They do well in soil where some organic matter has been added.
Light: As a general rule, Heucheras do well in shade, but for the highly colored varieties, some morning sun will bring out more intense coloring. The color can wash out in full sun, and too much heat and light can cause the leaves to scorch.
Water: Average -- better too dry than too wet when established. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not consistently wet to prevent root rot. To reduce the risk of foliar disease, Heuchera require watering during the early morning so any excess moisture can evaporate before evening. Drip irrigation effectively delivers moisture directly to the soil, further reducing the plant's vulnerability to disease.
Spacing: 1.5 ft
Fertilizing: Use good quality compost, or well aged livestock manure, or a combination of the two. Apply a few pounds for each plant, each year or two. On poor soils, top dress every year, or every other year on moderate quality soils. Spreading a 2-inch layer of mulch over the soil surrounding Heuchera helps insulate the soil during winter, and improve moisture retention. About 3 inches of space between the plant's crown and the mulch allows air circulation, which prevents rotting and disease. Replenishing the mulch throughout the year ensures proper winter protection, and hinders the establishment of competitive weeds. Heuchera does not require fertilization during the fall or winter months.
Winterizing: Winter mulching will prevent the freezing and thawing that can heave plants roots.
Maintenance & Pruning: Cut back the entire flower stalk after flowering to put the plants energy into growing more leaves. Divide Coral bells every 3-5 years to keep them from dying out in the center.
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