Heuchera ‘Caramel’

Common Name
Caramel Coral bells

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Tree or plant type / form
Herbaceous Perennial

Landscape Use
‘Caramel’ is a vigorous, clump-forming coral bells cultivar featuring colorful foliage below airy pink panicles carrying tiny white flowers.  It is useful as a semi-evergreen groundcover, along pathways or at the front of the perennial border, it can also be grown in containers.

Season of interest and/or other ornamental feature(s)
Spring to fall

Size at Landscape Maturity
Height: 8 to 12 inches, Spread: 12 to 20 inches, flower panicles up to 18” tall

Light exposure
Full sun to full shade

USDA Hardiness zones
4 – 8

Origin / Native locale
A seedling selection from a species native to the eastern United States

Wildlife Value (incl. pollinators)
Bees and butterflies, the bell-shaped flowers are also attractive to hummingbirds

Soil Type & Drainage
Generally adaptable to a wide range of soil types, from moist to dry; prefers a slightly acidic soil amended with organic matter

‘Caramel’ is purportedly a chance seedling of Heuchera villosa (Hairy Alumroot), a species that tolerates sun and dry conditions much better than other Heuchera, resistant to deer and rabbit browsing due to its fuzzy leaves and stems.

Leaf Description
Rounded, ruffled foliage in shades of pink, apricot, and pale yellow remain semi-evergreen during most winters

Bloom Time in Northeast Ohio
Flowering usually begins in June and continues throughout the growing season.

Flower Description
White bell-shaped flowers on pinkish stems rising 12 to 15 inches above the foliage

Cone / Fruit
Small seed capsules

Available at
Secrest Arboretum Plant Discovery Days and selected local nurseries

Use the Secrest Aboretum Explorer to find locations where this plant is located on the Wooster campus.

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