Heuchera ‘Caramel’

The Heuchera ‘Caramel’ is a particularly vibrant cultivar of coral bells, beloved for its unique foliage hues and easy maintenance. This perennial adds a warm, caramel-colored touch to gardens with its lush foliage and delicate flowers, making it a popular choice for adding contrast and color to a variety of garden settings.

See below for some key features and information.

  • Height and Spread: Typically grows to about 12 to 18 inches tall and wide, forming a compact, mounded clump that is as attractive as it is functional in the landscape.
  • Leaves: Notable for its caramel to golden-orange leaves that maintain their vibrant color throughout the growing season. The leaves are lobed, slightly ruffled, and have a velvety texture, adding significant visual interest.
  • Flowers: Produces small, bell-shaped, creamy-white flowers on slender stems that rise above the foliage in late spring to early summer. While the flowers are charming, it’s the foliage that truly steals the show.
  • Growth Habit: ‘Caramel’ has a dense, mounding habit, making it an excellent choice for both ground cover and focal points in garden beds and borders.
Habitat and Cultivation
  • Adaptability: Heuchera ‘Caramel’ is adaptable to a wide range of garden conditions but is particularly suited to partial shade, where its colors can truly shine. It is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, making it a versatile choice for many gardeners.
  • Soil and Sunlight: Prefers well-drained soil and performs best in partial shade, although it can tolerate more sun in cooler climates if kept moist. In hotter regions, protection from the afternoon sun helps preserve leaf color and plant health.
  • Watering: Requires regular watering, especially in hotter, sunnier locations. Well-drained soil is crucial to prevent root rot.
Care and Maintenance
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is needed. Deadheading the flowers can tidy the plant after blooming, but it’s the foliage that provides year-round interest. Removing any damaged or withered leaves keeps the plant looking its best.
Landscaping Use
  • Heuchera ‘Caramel’ is ideal for adding a splash of color to woodland gardens, shaded borders, or as an underplanting for taller shrubs and trees. Its unique foliage color provides excellent contrast to green-leaved plants and complements both cool and warm flower colors.
  • It’s also well-suited for container gardening, where its mounded habit and colorful leaves can be appreciated up close.


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