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Berry Smoothie Coralbells

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Berry Smoothie Coralbells

Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’ PP21,871

Description & Overview

Berry Smoothie Coralbells are characterized by their large bold foliage in a beautiful shade of metallic rose-pink. Light pink bell-shaped flowers appear in mid-summer. This cultivar is extremely heat tolerant and holds up well during hot summer months due to its Heuchera villosa parentage.


Core Characteristics

Wisconsin Native: No – Variety of North American Native
Mature Height: 18-24 inches
Mature Spread: 12-18 inches
Growth Rate: Perennial
Growth Form: Mounded
Light Requirements: Partial Shade
Site Requirements: Prefers neutral to alkaline soil, requires well-drained soil
Flower: Raceme, soft pink bell-flowers
Bloom Period: June-July
Foliage: Rose Pink
Fall Color: Purple-Pink
Fruit Notes: Insignificant, raceme

Suggested Uses:

The versatility of Berry Smoothie Coralbells means the possibilities are endless! Use as a border, or mass in the garden where some added color is desired. Coralbells do well in the dry shade often found beneath trees, making them well suited for underplanting.

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Wildlife Value:

While not a key species for wildlife in Wisconsin, Berry Smoothie Coralbells provide value as a nectar source. The petite flowers will attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Maintenance Tips:

In general, Coralbells are tough plants with few problems. While tolerant of alkaline soils, Berry Smoothie Coralbells can experience rot with poor drainage. Amending soil with compost when planting will mitigate this issue.

In full sun, the leaves can scorch if there is not enough soil moisture. Conversely, Berry Smoothie Coralbells can get crown rot in shade with too much moisture. Divide in spring when center has become woody (typically every 3-4 years).

Berry Smoothie Coralbells can frost heave in Wisconsin winters if improperly planted or not adequately protected. When planting, amend soil with compost and plant Berry Smoothie Coralbells even with the surrounding soil. Applying a fall mulch of 3-4” will prevent frost heaving. If frost heaving is noticed, push the crown back into the soil to protect the roots.

Spent flower stalks can be removed when Berry Smoothie Coralbells has stopped blooming. This may encourage a second bloom. The leaves are semi evergreen and may hold their color if winter is not too severe, or if adequately protected with mulch and snow cover. Damaged and withered leaves should be cleaned up in spring.

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Pests/Problems:

Berry Smoothie Coralbells has no major insect and disease issues but can be subject to frost heaving in winter. Occasionally you may find powdery mildew, rust, and bacterial leaf spot. The plants can also be damaged by weevils and nematodes. These diseases, however, are not major and best avoided by maintaining good plant vigor and siting properly.

For the most part, Berry Smoothie Coralbells are deer and rabbit resistant due to their fuzzy stems and leaves.

Leaf Lore:

Berry Smoothie Coralbells are a hybrid of Heuchera villosa and Heuchera americana. Its parentage lends it improved heat and drought tolerance, which also ensures that the leaves hold their color throughout the season with minimal care.

The Heuchera genus includes over 30 recognized species, all native to much of North America. They are found on a wide variety of sites, from rocky outcroppings to wooded meadows, with a variety of different growth habits. Although useful for many landscape applications, Coralbells were not widely used until the 1980s. Today, there are a plethora of cultivars available with different foliage colors, flowers, and growth forms. At Johnson’s Nursery, we try to limit our inventory to those varieties we know are successful for our Southeastern Wisconsin soils and climate.

Coralbells are also known as Alumroot, a name derived from their medicinal properties as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. The genus name Heuchera is a reference to the German botanist and physician Johann Heinrich von Heucher.

Companion Plants:

The compact habit and mounded form of Berry Smoothie Coralbells makes it a versatile plant for any space needing an extra splash of color. In shadier sites, consider using Rozanne Geranium, Hostas, Astilbe, or Sedges.

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BERRY SMOOTHIE CORALBELLS BENCHCARD