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Heuchera Melting Fire

Alum root, Coral bells

A great addition to a perennial herbaceous border

A wonderful low-growing perennial forming a mound of frilled and ruffled brown-bronze leaves flushed with red, especially when young. The appearance is not unlike a fresh lollo-rosso lettuce. In early summer wiry brown stems carry tiny white flowers creating a light and airy effect above the foliage. Superb for all-year round foliage effect and colour in any garden. Perfect for patios, courtyards, balconies and small spaces.


Plant in full sun or semi-shade at the front of beds and borders, alongside paving or in gravel. Ideal for pots, containers, window boxes and hanging baskets.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Remove flower stems after flowering to show off leaves. Remove dead or damaged foliage in winter. Cut back fleshy short stems of old plants to rejuvenate.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 15 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 15 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September