Heuchera villosa f. purpurea Bronze Wave

Coral Bell, Alum Root

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Plant Code: HEBR

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Sycamore-like bronze-green foliage with wine red undersides shimmers with a glossy sheen as though a lacquer finish has been applied. Frothy creamy white blossoms swell above the ruffled waves in September very showy in massed plantings.

George Coombs, a research horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware conducted a prolonged continual evaluation (3 years) of 83 varieties of Coral Bells and chose Heuchera Bronze Wave as one of his top 10 favorites.


Type: Perennials
Height: Medium 24" (28" in flower)
Spacing: Plant 24" apart
Bloom Time: Late Summer to Mid-Fall
Sun-Shade: Half Sun/ Half Shade to Full Shade
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic
Flower: White
Accent: White
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Evergreen
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Shade Tolerant

Heuchera General Information

Heuchera make excellent border plants with their nearly evergreen foliage in neat clumps. Dainty flowers are held aloft on airy stems May through July. These versatile perennials can be used in a shady courtyard pot or as a groundcover under deciduous trees. Prefers average to moist soil conditions.

Heuchera Plant Care

Benefits from deadheading. Watch for frost heaving - mulch can help. In cold climates, winter mulch applied after the ground freezes will help prevent root heaving. It keeps the mature crown in contact with the soil and keeps the soil moist in the summer as well. Must have good drainage over the winter, though, so don't over-do the overwintering mulching. Shear off any damaged leaves in early spring to make room for new foliage. Can be divided every 3 years in spring.