Heuchera x Villosa ‘Carnival Silver Streak’, Coral Bells, zones 4-8

This villosa hybrid, part of the Carnival series, known for their tidy mounding habit and excellent heat and humidity tolerance, is a terrific choice for adding a touch of colour towards the front of a border. The large, lobed leaves are dark green with bright silver markings. Sprays of small flowers appear in summer. Protect from hot afternoon sun to prevent leaf scorch. Remove any winter-burned leaves in the spring, otherwise no pruning is required.

Sun Exposure:  full sun, part shade, full shade (prefers afternoon shade) perfect site has morning sun and light afternoon shade.

Soil type: all amended with organic matter

Soil PH: neutral to acidic

Soil Moisture:  average moist (if grown in sun, ensure it stays moist) (does not tolerate wet, soggy soils)

Care level: easy

Flower color:  pink shades

Bloom time: early  to midsummer,  

Foliage Color: silvered dark green with burgundy undersides

Uses and Characteristics: accent: good texture/form, specimen, edging, border, massed, container, deer resistant, salt tolerant, evergreen, attracts bees and butterflies and birds, woodland and shade garden, can be grown under black walnut trees.

Flower head size: very small

Height:25-30 cm (10-12 inches)  Width: 30-35 cm (12-14 inches)

Growth Rate: medium

Propagation:  Plants may develop bare woody bases over time.  Topdressing with compost, mulch or topsoil may help for a season or two but it is usually best to dig up the whole clump in the spring or fall, deepen the planting hole and reset the clump so the base of the foliage is at ground level.  Or take the the opportunity to divide the clump, ideally in spring, by breaking off the woody bases where they join, replanting the individual rosettes (don’t worry if they have few or no roots) and discard the remainder.  

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