Coral Bells, Alumroot, Coralbells, Alum Root
Heuchera 'Swirling Fantasy'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Swirling Fantasy
Hybridized by Wijnhout
Registered or introduced: 2003
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Burlingame, California

San Francisco, California

East Otis, Massachusetts

Lincoln, Nebraska

Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Rockwood, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 6, 2010, Chris01029 from East Otis, MA wrote:

Beautiful foliage in year 2 and what a flower show! By coral bell standards, the spikes are tall, strong, prolific, long-lasting, and a beautiful coral color against the purple foliage.


On Aug 8, 2008, Sneirish from Swansea, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love the foliage of this Coral Bells - the leaves are a beautiful combination of green, silver and purple. In their second year in my garden they grew to a nice-sized mound about two feet wide. They pretty much kept the color without fading. However, I wasn't at all impressed with the flowers. They were supposed to be red. They may have been, but they were so small, they were barely visible! Good thing the leaves are so pretty.


On Oct 21, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Burgundy foliage (more purplish in part-shade) with a pewter-metallic sheen on top. Flowers tend to bloom longer than many other Heuchera. Can reach a height of 12".