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Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells

Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse'

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Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells (Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' foliage

Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells (Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse'

Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

A striking variety with reddish-brown leaves that have rounded lobes with a shocking bright lime green border that precisely rings each leaf; a solar eclipse brought down to your garden; a vigorous grower that forms a dense mound

Ornamental Features

Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells features dainty spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive glossy lobed leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning brick red in color with distinctive lime green edges the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features