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(Canyon Belle Dwarf Coral Bells) Heuchera is commonly called Alum Root or Coral Bells. Canyon Belle has red flowers and glossy green, scalloped foliage.
Although Heucheras are known for their extravagantly colorful, foliage, this species is from the Heuchera Canyon Quartet Series, which was bred for its vivid yet airy flowers and compact size.
Heucheras are easy-to-grow woodland plants that are native to North America from California east to Florida and north to Canada. In the wild, they grow in canyons and desert seeps as well as on hillsides and rock croppings. The late botanist Dara Emery of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden developed the Quartet Series.
The astringent alum in Heuchera roots is sometimes used in pickling foods and in folk remedies for problems such as sore throats.
Long blooming, Canyon Belle grows up to 1 foot tall and wide in well-drained soil. It does well in partial shade to full sun; locations with morning sun and afternoon shade are particularly good choices. Although it thrives on average watering, Canyon Belle is drought resistant. It also tolerates hot summers, cold winters and salt spray.
Try this clumping, quick-growing Heuchera as a border, container or edging plant. It also forms a lovely groundcover in dry shade. Honeybees love it, and so do we.
Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, known as the father of taxonomy, named plants for friends. He honored German botanist Johann Heinrich von Heucher (pronounced "Hoyker") by naming Heuchera ("Hoy-ker-uh") for him. Collection of the genus in America dates back to 1601.
(Bee's Bliss Sage) If you are looking for a California native sage to use as a groundcover, Bee's Bliss is a fine choice. Low-growing, widespreading and colorful, it is ideal for choking weeds.
Long-blooming spikes of lavender-colored flowers rise a foot above the mat of fine, fragrant, gray-green foliage that is perennial in warm-winter areas.
Honeybees and hummingbirds love this hybrid, which was selected in 1989 at the University of California Botanic Garden by California native plant specialist Roger Raiche. Berkeley artist and gardener Marcia Donahue named it.
Bee's Bliss is likely a cross of California Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla), which is also called California Gray Sage, with either Creeping Sage (Salvia sonomensis ) or Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii).
This is a superior, drought-resistant groundcover requiring full sun, good drainage and little-to-no water other than what it receives from nature. It's ideal for slopes and native-plant gardens. Claims of cold hardiness vary, but 18 degrees F is a safe bet even though lower temperatures have been reported.
(Starlight Sage) This is a white-flowering hybrid of White Sage (Salvia apiana) and Black Sage (Salvia mellifera), two California natives often seen growing together in the wild. Similar to Black Sage, it blooms from spring into summer, attracting honeybees. In contrast, White Sage is a winter-to-spring bloomer.
The foliage of Starlight Sage closely resembles the silvery whitish green of White Sage, but it doesn't have that plant's typical pink or lavender flowers. But similar to its parents, it is powerfully fragrant, drought tolerant and heat resistant.
This compact, tough sage comes from the world famous Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Southern California, which is renowned for its collection of California native plants.
Highly recommended. Limited availability.
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