American coral bells or American alum root is a native wildflower in central and eastern part of USA, where it naturally occurs in rocky open woods, crevices, at rock outcrops and shaded calcareous woods. See the USDA distribution map.
'Dale's Strin' is seed strain selected for lovely silver marbling pattern on leaves with reddish veins. Surprisingly stable-colored cultivar. Flowers are small, whitish and insignificant, blooms in the end of May to June. Fall color is orange, orange-red.
Clump perennial with groundcovering growth, 10" tall x 18" wide (30" or more with flowers).
The best in half shade on well drained soils with average or medium moisture. It is heat and humidity tolerant and handles full sun with more consistent moisture (in hot regions, some afternoon shading is better). Tolerates droughts and dry shade.
Don't plant in wet soils or wet clay. It is recommended to divide and rejuvenile the clumps after about 3-4 years.
Hardy in zones 4 to 9, deer and rabbit resistant plant.
Good edging plant and ground cover, best in groups or masses. Attractive foliage and airy flower panicles shine in rock gardens, perennial border, wildflower gardens, open woodland gardens, dappled shade gardens, deer resistant plantings, low maintenance landscaping. Grows well under canopy of big hardwood trees and in dry shade too. Substitute for lawn in difficult dry half shade or shade.
Picture copyright : David J. Stang, Commons Wikipedia
Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot