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Big Top Gold Coral Bells

Heuchera villosa 'Big Top Gold'

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Big Top Gold Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa 'Big Top Gold') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Heuchera villosa 'Big Top Gold' foliage

Heuchera villosa 'Big Top Gold' foliage

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Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  22 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Coralbells, Alumroot

Description:

Dainty spikes of creamy bells rise from a large, dense mound of coppery green foliage, contrasted by purple-red undersides; amazing color addition with great versatility; keep soil moist in heat of summer

Ornamental Features

Big Top Gold Coral Bells features dainty spikes of creamy white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring. Its attractive large tomentose lobed leaves emerge scarlet in spring, turning coppery-bronze in color with curious plum purple undersides and tinges of light green the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Big Top Gold Coral Bells is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

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.

Big Top Gold Coral Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Big Top Gold Coral Bells will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 26 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 22 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full 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 applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. 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.

Big Top Gold Coral Bells is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. 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  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features