Coral bell with unique shiny dark purple to almost black leaves and pink speckles that enlarge a bit with season and gain some pink-cream hue.
Vigorous and healthy variety.
It's recommended to divide every 3-4 years to encourage strong growth.
Blooming Time: end of May to June, small insignificant flowers
Size: 10" tall (16" with flowers) x 24” wide, spacing 12-18"
USDA Zones: 4 to 8
Culture: half sun, half shade, dappled shade (appreciates some shade during the day, especially in hotter climates), grows well in average soil, rather drier than too wet. Average soils with some content of organic matter. Established plants tolerate dry shade.
Moisture Needs: medium, medium-dry, drier
Origin: hybrid, discovered as sport of nearly black variety 'Obsidian' at Behnke Nursery in MD. Patented plant under PP18551, propagation is prohibited.
Tolerance to black walnut: yes
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: little bees
Attracts Hummingbirds: possibly yes
Pot Size: square 3.5" x 4" deep pot
Plant combinations: Wonderful in half shade borders, woodland edges, woodland gardens, large containers. Use in smaller groups. The best is to support it's unique appearance with single colors or just shades of green perennials, ferns and grasses (and sedges). Choose shorter Aruncus, Aquilegia, Asarum, woodland Asters, Brunnera, Epimedium, botanical Hemerocallis, Hosta, Tradescantia, Spigelia, or native ferns. From grass family choose Carex, Hakonechloa or Sesleria. Coral Bells are seme-evergreen plants and therefor look well with spring bulbs and spring ephemerals (Claytonia, Mertensia, Sanquinaria, Trillium).
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