Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' Description
Ignite your garden with the fiery, brilliant hues of 'Fire Alarm' coral bells (Heuchera). It's one of the best we've seen on the market to date!
Also known as coral bells, heucheras are colorful perennial shade ground cover foliage plants. 'Fire Alarm' has a low mounding habit reaching only 7" tall with delightfully ruffled foliage. Although smaller than other red forms, its increased crown count (growth points where the foliage emerges) give it a much fuller look in the garden. Plant it and see!
Cooler temperatures (early spring and fall) bring out a deep, iconic red lipstick color. But it also holds it own in heat & humidity, outshining many other coral bells, which tend to fade out when it gets hot.
Special features we think you'll adore about this shade loving gem:
Vigorous crowning habit
Greater sun tolerance
Foliage color is one of the secrets to long lasting beauty in the shade garden, and 'Fire Alarm' heuchera provides up to three seasons of interest in most any climate. This shade loving perennial requires little maintenance or work on your part, and will live for many years, as long as it is planted in soil with good drainage.
In late spring, slender stems of pink flowers rise up to 14", attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.
This low maintenance shade plant will thrive in moist, well-drained soil. Not troubled by pests or diseases.
Stunning in combination planters, mixed beds, or planted in masses. This eye-catching foliage color is stunning with spring flowering violas, hellebores, yellow hostas, or hydrangeas.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fall color, Foliage interest, Attracts hummingbirds, Multi-season interest
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- Botanical name:
Heuchera 'Fire Alarm'
- Common name:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Sun exposure:
Shade, Part shade
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Accent, Border, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Small spaces, Under planting, Woodland
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- Patent #: 24525
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Soil: Coral bells like well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter.
Light: As a general rule, they do well in shade, but for the brightly colored varieties, some morning sun ensures best color development. The color can wash out in full sun, and too much heat and light can cause the leaves to scorch.
Water: Average -- it's better to err on the side of caution and keep heuchera on the dry, rather than the wet, side. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not consistently wet to prevent root rot. In nature, heuchera are typically found growing between rocks.
Spacing: 1.5 ft
Fertilizing: spread a layer of compost or rotted manure in early spring. Mulch is a good idea, but keep it from mounding on the crown (center) of the plant. 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. Heucheras are somewhat evergreen and should be left in place for winter. The old foliage typically lies flat and gets covered by the new growth, after which is slowly dies away, but you may remove it in early spring if you wish.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut back the entire flower stalk after flowering to put the plants energy into growing more leaves.
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