Circus Coral Bells flowers
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Plant Height: 14 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Coralbells, Alumroot
The newest leaves on this variety emerge a warm peach with red veins, then turn radiant chartreuse with intricate red veining; striking deep-pink bells in early summer; amazing color addition with great versatility; keep soil moist in heat of summer
Circus Coral Bells features dainty spikes of hot pink bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in early summer. Its attractive tomentose lobed leaves emerge peach in spring, turning chartreuse in color with distinctive red veins and tinges of light green the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Circus Coral Bells is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Circus Coral Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Circus Coral Bells will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Circus Coral Bells is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.