Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Exposure: Partial Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Fire Alarm Coral Bells

Heuchera x 'Fire Alarm' PP24,525
A blaze of red-hot color in your landscape that lasts and lasts.
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There are red-leaved plants, and then there are Red. Leaved. Plants. Instead of burgundy or purplish foliage, Fire Alarm Coral Bells sports the real deal. Fresh leaves in spring and summer are a sensational, searing, radiant red like hot coals. In fall and winter, they settle into darker but still intense red hues. Fire up your lightly shaded courtyard, entryway, or patio plantings with this vivid Spirit. It will bring warm, bright, lively color to the front of your beds and borders all year long, giving you a lot of bang for your buck.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Exposure: Partial Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Coral Bells are native Spirits that grow all over North America in different forms. Up until the 1990s, gardeners considered them to be nice garden plants, but nothing too spectacular. Then breeders began to make crosses, and exciting new Coral Bells in brilliant colors began to appear. The charge was led by talented plantsman Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Oregon. Heims and his team developed this selection, too. The Terra Nova crew sought to produce a plant that was brighter than previous reds and that possessed good vigor. Fire Alarm was introduced to the public in 2012.

The Details

Flowers, too! Fire Alarm Coral Bells is grown primarily for its captivating red foliage, but its blooms are a nice bonus. In summer, tiny, airy white blossoms rise on slim stems, making a lovely accompaniment to the blazing leaves.

How to Grow

Most Coral Bells do best in morning sun, with shade during the hottest part of the day. Bright light will bring out the richest coloring in their foliage, but intense sun can scorch some varieties. Plant Fire Alarm in rich, organic, well-drained soil that is moist but never soggy. Trim off spent flower spikes if you find them unattractive. Fire Alarm is evergreen; clean up any winter-damaged foliage in early spring. Black vine weevils can be a problem in some areas. You can control them organically with beneficial nematodes if this is the case, or simply keep your Coral Bells in containers.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Partial Sun
Avg Mature Height 8-10" (13" in flower)
Avg Mature Width 12-16"
Fall Leaf Color Red
Flower Color White/pink
Foliage Color Bright Red to Burgundy
Bloom Time Summer
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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