Fire Chief Heuchera
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'Fire Chief' is a remarkable coral bells not just because of its intense scarlet color, but because of its amazing blooms. The dainty flowers are a lovely accent, the stems are tall and brightly colored, and best of all, these little flowers rebloom like crazy! 'Fire Chief' reblooms repeatedly through spring, summer, and fall, for an incredibly long season of interest. Even through winter, when the leaves brown a bit, they still hold a rusty red color. Remove these spent leaves before the spring to encourage a neat, compact appearance.
'Fire Chief' makes an excellent groundcover for shady spots, and its richly-coloed foliage is also a welcome addition to any mixed container or even an arrangement. With 'Fire Chief' you will have plenty of red tones to choose from: the leaves come on a bright crimson and as they mature they develop darker, maroon markings, ultimately browning out through the winter.This coral bells hybrid quickly grows to form a medium-sized mound about 15 inches wide and 9 inches tall (18 when in flower). The 3-season blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds, while the thick, leathery foliage is tough enough to stand up to the elements and retain its beauty--in fact, the scarlet color only improves with sunlight. This wondrous foliage even resists powdery mildew.
'Fire Chief' can tolerate a lot of sun in the North; in the South plant it in part to full shade and average soil. The more sun it gets, the more careful you need to be about keeping the soil moist to help prevent leaf scorch. 'Fire Chief's high tolerance for heat and humidity makes it well-suited to the Deep South, though it is also hardy up to zone 4, and its foliage takes on a lovely russet tone in colder winter. Zones 4 to 9.
|ItemForm||3 1/2-inch Pot|
|Zone||4 - 9|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Spring - Early Fall|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Fall Foliage Changes, Flower, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer|
|BloomColor||Multi-Color, Pink, White|
|LightRequirements||Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade|
|MoistureRequirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Downy Mildew, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant|
|Uses||Beds, Containers, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor, Winter Interest|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|