Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Chartreuse/Yellow
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
I planted 5 Key Limes in the fall of '09 on the north side of my home. None have bloomed and it's August 1st 2010!
They were fed with Miracle Grow early this spring. Should I feed again, or leave alone until next year?
Perhaps they need to be moved to the shade...?
On May 28, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
This variety of coral bells is really useful to brighten up a shady area. They do seem to burn/fade if they get too much sun; I have moved mine to the more shady areas of my yard. I get a lot of flowers on these and they are pink. Key Lime needs dividing frequently as well; they tend to get more woody in a shorter time than some of my other coral bells. I'll gladly do it, however, because they are so pretty.
This is a pretty plant, really lights up a shady bed. I *think* I have 'Dolce Key Lime Pie'... but the plant didn't read the plant description! The leaves look like Dolce Key Lime Pie, the flowers look like Lime Rickey. (The squirrels stole the nursery tag.)
On Jul 24, 2009, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
A pretty plant for sure. Mine is planted on the east side of my house where it gets part shade. It looks really nice till it heats up in the summer, then the leaves green out more as opposed to the yellowish color they have in cooler weather. Mine also flowered pink.
On May 30, 2008, zak1962 from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:
Purchased this plant in 2006 as a new gardener. I split it 'out of the pot' as an experiment. Two years later I have some of the healthiest coral bells I've ever seen (I have a couple other varieties in the back yard). These plants get morning to early afternoon sun here in Zone 6A. I've included a picture to the right.
On May 30, 2007, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:
This is a vigourous, healthy looking plant. Its brigth yellow leaves emerge in early spring and remain attractive all season. I planted mine in a rather shady area. The plant in the photo is in its second season.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Blue Mountain, Alabama Crockett, California Los Angeles, California Muscoy, California Orinda, California San Diego, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Susanville, California Augusta, Georgia Machesney Park, Illinois Iowa City, Iowa Hebron, Kentucky Dracut, Massachusetts Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts Pinconning, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Hopkins, Minnesota Saint James, Minnesota Hoberg, Missouri Walnut Grove, Missouri Baxter Estates, New York East Amherst, New York Ronkonkoma, New York Stannards, New York Albemarle, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Holly Springs, North Carolina Akron, Ohio Coshocton, Ohio Newbury, Ohio Toledo, Ohio East Norriton, Pennsylvania Jenkintown, Pennsylvania Hendersonville, Tennessee Arlington, Washington East Port Orchard, Washington Orchards, Washington Thiensville, Wisconsin