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Heuchera v Miracle 04-07-12Today’s Special is our  ‘Miracle’ Coral Bells. These perennials are growing in 1 inch plug containers for $5.44 each.

Best grown in organically rich, humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Performs well in full sun in the north, but generally prefers some shade (particularly in the heat of the afternoon) in the south. If grown in full sun, consistent moisture is important. Scorch and general foliage decline tend to occur if soils are allowed to dry out.  ‘Miracle’ is considered to be more tolerant of hot and humid summers than most other heucheras. Remove stems of faded flowers to encourage additional bloom. Some gardeners prefer to remove flower stems before flowering if plants are being grown as ground covers for their foliage texture and color. A mulch applied in winter after the ground freezes will help prevent root heaving. Divide clumps in spring every 3-4 years.

‘Miracle’ is a vigorous, clump-forming coral bells cultivar that is noted for the changing colors of its leaves. The lobed, rounded leaves form a basal mound (to 8″ tall) which may spread to 10-15″ wide. Leaves emerge chartreuse in spring with red splotches in the center, but mature by summer to deep red with yellow on the margins. Leaves are silvery underneath. Tiny, light pink flowers appear in spires in early summer (later than most heucheras) on slender stems rising above the foliage mound, typically to 18″ tall. Zones 4 to 8.

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