How to Grow Heucherella — x Heucherella

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Heucherella—botanical name x Heucherella—is a hybrid resulting from a cross between Heuchera, coral bells, and Tiarella, foam flower. Heucherella is sometimes called foamy bells; it bears panicles of tiny pink or white flowers on erect stems from spring to fall.

Heucherella is a hardy, evergreen perennial. Green leaves are rounded and lobed. Leaves can be mottled brown when young; they turn bronze in autumn.

Heucherella is a good ground cover or edging in a herbaceous border or in a woodland garden.


Get to know x Heucherella

  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Growing zones and range: Zones 5 to 8
  • Hardiness: Hardy to Zone 5
  • Height and width: 12 to 24 inches (30-61cm) tall and wide depending on cultivar
  • Foliage: Heart-shaped or broadly ovate leaves
  • Flowers: Narrow panicles or sprays of tiny pinkish bell flowers.
  • Bloom time: Late spring or early summer; sometimes a second bloom in autumn
  • Uses: Beds and borders, woodland garden, groundcover
  • Common name: Heucherella, foamy bells
  • Botanical name: x Heucherella
  • Family name: Saxifragaceae

Where to plant x Heucherella

  • Plant Heucherella in sun or partial shade; full sun is tolerated.
  • Plant Heucherella in humus-rich, well-drained soil.
  • Plant in neutral to slightly acid soil.
  • Heucherella does not tolerate heat and humidity.

When to plant x Heucherella

  • Set outdoors in spring or autumn.

Planting and spacing x Heucherella

  • Space Heucherella 12 to 18 inches (30-45cm) apart.

How to water and feed x Heucherella

  • Keep the soil evenly moist.
  • Fertilize Heucherella with an all-purpose, organic fertilizer in spring.

x Heucherella care

  • Mulch around Heucherella with aged compost to conserve soil moisture.

x Heucherella pests and diseases

  • Divide and replant in autumn or spring.
  • Sever and pot up runners as they appear.
  • Heucherella does not produce seed.

x Heucherella propagation

  • Divide and replant in autumn or spring.
  • Separate plantlets from rooted stolons in autumn.

x Heucherella varieties to grow

  • x Heucherella alba: ‘Bridget Bloom’ flowers are shell pink; bright green leaves from a basal clump; ‘Rosalie’ has deep pink flowers.
  • H. tiarelloides: Bright pink flowers are borne on reddish-brown stems; soft green leaves form clumps; spreads by runners.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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