Obsidian Coral Bells Heuchera
|Adaptable, Well Drained
Obsidian Coral Bells is a truly fabulous plant for the home landscape. This award-winning perennial has beautiful regal purple leaves. This shiny foliage maintains its luster and bold color from spring to fall even in full sun. White flowers adorn this plant from late spring to early summer.
Butterflies love the Obsidian Coral Bells and deer stay away. This hardy heuchera is disease and deer-resistant, adaptable, versatile, sun tolerant, and easy to grow. It stays small and only reaches about 10 inches tall and 16 inches wide at maturity. The flowers can reach about 24 inches tall.
- Enchanting color. The obsidian has deep purple leaves that are almost black.
- Great texture. The leaves are unique with exciting irregular margins. The leaves grow in staggered layers which really make this plant profuse with texture.
- Easy to grow. Heuchera plants require little if any care once they are established. This plant is also deer, pest, and powdery mildew resistant.
- Won’t fade. The rich color of the obsidian heuchera stays bold throughout the growing season even in full sun.
- Perfect in pots. Plant this semi-evergreen perennial in containers for a really cool look.
- This plant is perennial in cooler climates, but lucky for you warmer climates, it is likely to stay beautiful year-round for you. It is an evergreen in zones 8 and 9.
- While this plant grows well in full sun, don’t forget these plants prefer moist soil. Sunny sites dry out quicker than shady sites so water this plant when the soil is dry.
Obsidian Coral Bells is easy to grow and low maintenance. It is also deer resistant.
While most heucheras (alumroot) prefer shade, this one thrives in full or part sun. Plant this perennial in well-draining soil. These plants are adaptable to any soil as long as it isn’t wet.
Newly planted coral bells should be watered thoroughly about twice per week for about 2 months for proper establishment. Apply a 1 to 2-inch layer of mulch to help the soil retain moisture. Once established these plants are drought tolerant but do enjoy moist soil.
If you are in a cooler zone where this plant dies back to the ground in winter, trim back the dead leaves prior to or when you notice new foliage emerging.
Coral bells like fertile soil so a dose of slow-release fertilizer in spring will keep them happy. Alternatively, compost mixed into the soil is also a good option for these plants.
Obsidian Coral Bells can grow in full or part sun and stay fairly small so you have a lot of options in the home landscape. It has strong contrasting color against a typical green landscape.
This small plant makes a great border or accent in a mixed bed or garden.
Beef up your yard in color and texture by planting this amazing perennial in groups.
Try it in containers! Obsidian Heuchera is a thriller in pots! Mix it with some green perennials or try a nice small grass. Mondo grass is black if you want a gothic mix. Otherwise, try blue fescue for a neat mash-up.