Root Beer Coral Bells

Heuchera 'Root Beer'

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Root Beer Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Root Beer') at St. Mary's Nursery & Garden Centre

Root Beer Coral Bells foliage

Root Beer Coral Bells foliage

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Root Beer Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Root Beer') at St. Mary's Nursery & Garden Centre

Root Beer Coral Bells flowers

Root Beer Coral Bells flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Root Beer Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Root Beer') at St. Mary's Nursery & Garden Centre

Root Beer Coral Bells in bloom

Root Beer Coral Bells in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  7 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Coralbells, Alumroot

Group/Class:  Soda Series


Heavily ruffled foliage emerges red and then turns coppery brown with coral highlights; bright red spikes of pale yellow flowers in spring; amazing contrast to other plants; great versatility; keep soil moist in heat of summer

Ornamental Features

Root Beer Coral Bells features dainty spikes of buttery yellow bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive crinkled lobed leaves emerge red in spring, turning coppery-bronze in colour with showy coral-pink variegation the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Root Beer 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.

Root Beer Coral Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Root Beer Coral Bells will grow to be about 7 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 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.

Root Beer 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.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features