Are Coral Bells Perennials?


Coral bells, Heuchera sanguinea, are perennial plants with a wide variety of foliage colors and tiny, delicate, long-lasting flowers. Coral bells are used in mixed perennial beds and as edging plants.


  • Coral bells grow between 12 and 18 inches, with some varieties reaching nearly 2 feet. Coral bells have leaves that grow at the mounded base of the plant, with the flowers emerging on light stalks above the foliage. The flowers bloom during May and June, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. Their bloom color ranges from white and pink to red and salmon, depending on the cultivar.

Growing Conditions

  • Coral bells, a native of the western United States, grow in full sun and partial shade in medium-damp, well-draining sites. They need afternoon shade in hotter areas. This perennial grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3-9. The plant does best in fertile, organic soil, according to the University of Illinois Extension.


  • The different cultivars of this perennial plant are distinguished most by their foliage color. Amber Waves has golden leaves, while Obsidian is at the other end of the spectrum, with black leaves and white flowers. Plum Royal is one of several cultivars with purple leaves, while red flowers are a highlight of Cherries Jubilee.

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