Obsidian Coral Bells
Won't green out at the first hint of summer!
These leaves unfurl in spring a rich, midnight-green that really stands out. Unlike many dark-leafed Coral Bells, 'Obsidian' won't "go green" the minute the weather warms up -- it keeps its deep hues throughout the growing season, giving you months of exquisite color! Small cream-colored flowers on long, slender stems arise in early summer to complete the show. Try 'Obsidian' among such petite beauties as Geranium for an unforgettable display in the front of the border, in containers, or as edging.
Like all Coral Bells, 'Obsidian' is wonderfully tolerant of heat and humidity, and will withstand some drought, though it prefers water during long dry spells. Deer will not eat it, making it a good choice for woodland or exposed gardens. It puts up with unseasonable cold and severe winter weather very well, bouncing back in spring with a fresh display of hard-to-find loveliness. Butterflies are lured to its early-summer blooms, adding to the color show!
Space these plants about 15 to 18 inches apart. They will grow 10 inches tall (with 2-foot bloomspikes) and 15 inches wide. Zones 4-9.
|Zone||6 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer|
|Plant Height||10 in|
|Plant Width||15 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Ornamental, Beds, Border, Containers, Ground Cover|
|Restrictions||Guam, Virgin Islands, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico|