Caramel Coral Bells were discovered in Hantay, France, in 2002, and are believed to have come from a cross with Autumn Bride Coral Bells. They are a variety of Heuchera villosa, a Heuchera species native to the eastern United States. In its native range, H. villosa is only found on rock outcroppings in exposed areas.
The Heuchera genus includes over 30 recognized species, all native to much of North America. They are found on a wide variety of sites, from rocky outcroppings to wooded meadows, with a variety of different growth habits. Although useful for many landscape applications, Coral Bells were not widely used until the 1980s. Today, there are a plethora of cultivars available with different foliage colors, flowers, and growth forms. At Johnson’s Nursery, we try to limit our inventory to those varieties we know are successful for our Southeastern Wisconsin soils and climate.
Coral Bells are also known as Alumroot, a name derived from their medicinal properties as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. The genus name Heuchera is a reference to the German botanist and physician Johann Heinrich von Heucher.