Heuchera 'ELECTRA'

Heuchera
Heuchera 'ELECTRA'
coral bells
SIZE/TYPE low perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.2-0.3m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.4m
LEAVES semi-deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:cream a deep red a light green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Can you remember a cartoon where someone is struck by electricity? The animator used a star-like pattern in contrasting colours to enhance the electrifying feeling. Here the nature was the animator. Electra coral bells has stunning venation of rich crimson red colour, running throughout the entire leaf which looks just like the electric shock. Leaves are yellow and lime green in spring, bright chartreuse in summer, and gain salmon pink shades in autumn and winter. They are palmate with rounded lobes.

Small, white flowers are composed in erect panicles atop straight, only some 30 cm tall stems in early summer. They can be cut off if only beautiful foliage is what you desire. The plant shows exceptional vigour and forms low mounds. Electra coral bells was bred by Janet Egger from Terra Nova® Nurseries in Oregon, USA, and patented as PP 21856 in 2009.

Coral bells can take almost any soil with ample moisture and good drainage. They do best in partial shade or filtered sun, however, if you make sure they will not dry out you can place them in full sun, too. They can also live in dark shade where their colours will not be too rich, such location is usually best for light coloured varieties. Cut off all leaves in early spring to encourage growth of new foliage. Fully hardy to abt. -34°C (USDA zone 4), and suitable for outdoor pots.

Last update 03-01-2019
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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