Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid to Late Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Gold Zebra Foamy Bells

Heucherella 'Gold Zebra' PP22,104
Dazzling color on this zesty Spirit spices up lightly shaded situations like no other plant.

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You have to see it to believe it! Gold Zebra Foamy Bells is a revolutionary twenty-first century Spirit with a truly unique look. In spring, fresh, feathery leaves emerge a shocking yellow color; each leaf is stamped in the middle with a jagged maroon splotch. In summer, the palette changes to more of a lime-green and purple combo that remains eye-catching and different. This cool, contemporary shade-lover should be showcased in a prominent spot. Grow it in a pot or planter box on the patio, or place it front-and-center in your entryway garden where guests are sure to spot it.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid to Late Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

A marriage made in heaven! Or, in Oregon. Gold Zebra Foamy Bells is a hybrid Spirit that had its origins in Canby, Oregon, in the early 2000s. Master plant breeder Dan Heims and his team at Terra Nova Nurseries crossed two American natives, Coral Bells and Foamflower, to produce a crop of interesting seedlings that became known as Foamy Bells. Gold Zebra was chosen for its large, dramatically colored leaves, its vigor, and its tolerance of heat and humidity. It was introduced in 2010, and although many other Foamy Bells selections have come out since, it remains a customer favorite.

The Details

Flowers, too! Gold Zebra Foamy Bells is grown primarily for its captivating gold and maroon foliage, but its blooms are a nice bonus. In late spring, tiny, airy white blossoms rise on slim stems, making a lovely accompaniment to the vibrant leaves.

How to Grow

Most Foamy 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 Gold Zebra in rich, organic, well-drained soil that is moist but never soggy. Trim off spent flower spikes if you find them unattractive. Gold Zebra 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 Foamy Bells in containers.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Partial to Full Shade
Avg Mature Height 8-16"
Avg Mature Width 12-16"
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Gold and Red
Bloom Time Mid to Late Spring
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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