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Heuchera sanguinea (Coralbells)
Anderson, Wynn

Heuchera sanguinea

Heuchera sanguinea Engelm.

Coralbells, New Mexican Coralbells, Arizona Coralbells

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)


USDA Symbol: HESA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A 1-2 ft. scape arises from Coralbells mound of heart-shaped leaves to bear loose clusters of small, pink to red, bell-shaped flowers. Bright, coral-red bells hang in a narrow cluster from upper part of a nearly leafless stalk; leaves mostly basal.

The dainty bells and dark green leaves make this a highly popular ornamental. Several other western species have smaller, pink or purplish flowers in more open clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Distribution: S.e. AZ, s.w. NM & adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Moist, shady, foothill woodlands

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rocky soils; moist through the summer.
Conditions Comments: Three to four year old coralbells should be divided in the spring, discarding the old woody material, to encourage new growth and more abundant flowering.


Use Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Description: Easily propagated by seed, division, or leaf cuttings. Plant untreated seed only 1/8" deep at most. Plants flower the second year. To propagate vegetatively, divide roots in late fall or early spring. Leaves can be taken in late summer or fall and set
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Heuchera sanguinea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Heuchera sanguinea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Heuchera sanguinea


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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