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Coral Bells, Alumroot, Coralbells, Alum Root 'Vivid'

Heuchera sanguinea

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heuchera (HEW-ker-a) (Info)
Species: sanguinea (san-GWIN-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Vivid
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage

This plant is resistant to deer

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Lonaconing, Maryland

Bend, Oregon

Magna, Utah

Arlington, Washington

Freeland, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 20, 2013, mehitabel45 from Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very vigorous plant for me, in heavy shade. I love the color of the leaves near the Blackout heuchera. Looks wonderful next to the astilbes, too. Perhaps this isn't a specimen plant, but it's a wonderful companion, and much more slug resistant than hostas! It has hairy leaves that remain undamaged all year. I just lifted and divided it a few weeks ago, and they are all carrying on as if I never touched them. Definitely a keeper.


On Dec 26, 2009, Julie55 from Lonaconing, MD wrote:

I too have grown this from seed & some of your bigger seed companies also sell the seeds. As for the plant, I agree the amazing red, is what makes it attractive in my opinion & the foliage, ah.... it is neither here nor there.


On Jun 20, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

In my opinion, the bright red flowers are the draw to this Heuchera. As for foliage, it is not one of my favorites. I did grow this from seed, so maybe as the plant ages, it will improve.

Light aids germination of seeds.

Blooms May - August in my garden.