It's time to vote on our 2017 photo contest! Vote for your favorite photos of the year here!

Heuchera Species, Alumroot, New Mexican Coralbells, Coral Bells

Heuchera sanguinea

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Species: sanguinea (san-GWIN-ee-a) (Info)
» View all varieties of Heucheras
View this plant in a garden




12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Auburn, Alabama

Seward, Alaska

Carrollton, Georgia

Bensenville, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Marshalltown, Iowa

Lutherville Timonium, Maryland

Beverly, Massachusetts

Okemos, Michigan

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Little Falls, New Jersey

Farmington, New Mexico

North Tonawanda, New York

Burlington, North Carolina

Bend, Oregon

Fort Worth, Texas

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Lewisburg, West Virginia

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 12, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is the one coral bells species that's mostly grown for its showy flowers, the largest in the genus.

It is native to southern Arizona and New Mexico. It is not vigorous in the high humidity and rainfall of the eastern states, and it hates the hot summers of the southeastern US. A miffy plant here, it's the Bressingham hybrids and other more recent hybrids with H. sanguinea genes that perform better here. 'Rave On' is a hybrid with flowers like its H. sanguinea ancestor but is a superb performer here in Boston Z6a.


On Mar 25, 2010, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have heavy clay soil in most of my yard. One area has some sand and another has some peat mixed in and this plant does great in both locations. I divided my two plants last fall after 3 yrs of growing and got at least 6 or 7 new plants. Once they start blooming, they bloom most of the season and the hummers love them. In my garden they don't like prolonged wet feet so I try to keep them a bit on the dry side. They are planted in a bed with salvias , agastaches and penstemons so they are in good company.


On Feb 23, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is one of the most fickle of all heucheras - also used in hybrids and varieties too often. Many hard to grow varieties of heucheras can be blamed on this as the parent plant. It and its hybrids are mainly grown for flowers even thought there may be either variegation or once in a while maroon leaf or golden leaf variety. Prefers sun to light shade so any hybrids made with this as the parent plant also strongly tend to be sun to light shade. I have planted at least six to seven plants - variety I can't remember but definitely releate to this species and of all of those, only one have survived and it have taken 3- 5 hours of sun, mostly noon. Early morning and afternoon it is shady.


On Apr 15, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

This is a hardy - it did very well even though there were two weeks of freezing temperatures in Seattle - as in 26F -in a container.


On Apr 7, 2003, DianaF from Owens Cross Roads, AL wrote:

I love this plant! It's flower stalks are so long and thin that the little pink blooms appear to float in the air. And as for clay soil, they thrive in my clay soil. I live in northern Alabama and my soil is like a big red clay pot. My heucheras grow so huge I have to keep dividing them.


On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Heucheras provide a long flowering season. They make great bouquets, and are equally effective in the garden.

Dividing the stems every 3-4 years prolongs the life of the plant.


On Dec 2, 2002, perennialguy from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have had rotten luck with heucheras in my garden. Just finished researching possible reasons and found out the heucheras do not like clay soil. Guess what I have? Yep, red clay soil with very little organic matter unless amended. I think if I try these beautiful plants in raised flower beds so that the roots stay above and out of the red clay base soil that they'll do just fine.


On Mar 9, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Plant has reddish-green leaves (some varieties have variegated foliage.) In early summer clusters of nodding pink, coral, white or red bell-shaped flowers atop wiry stems appear; attractive to bees and hummingbirds.

Plant in well-drained moist soil, provide afternoon shade in hottest climates. Seed heads are brown and unimportant.