Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel’

('Caramel', Coral Bells)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

?Caramel? is a vigorous, clump-forming coral bells cultivar that features unique apricot foliage and light pink flowers. In 2002, it was discovered as a chance seedling (parents unknown) in Hantay, France. The lobed, rounded leaves form a basal mound (to 8? tall) which may spread to 20? wide. Leaves emerge gray-red in spring and mature to golden-yellow green (apricot/caramel) by summer. Tiny, light pink flowers appear in spires in early summer (later than most heucheras) on slender stems rising above the foliage mound, typically to 18? tall. The patent owner suspects that Heuchera villosa ?Autumn Pride? is a probable parent, and some nurseries are currently selling ?Caramel? as a cultivar of H. villosa, a southeastern U. S. native known for its tolerance to hot and humid summers.

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Best grown in organically rich, humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Performs well in full sun in the north, but generally prefers some shade (particularly in the heat of the afternoon) in the south. If grown in full sun, consistent moisture is important. Scorch and general foliage decline tend to occur if soils are allowed to dry out. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ?Caramel? is considered to be more tolerant of hot and humid summers than most other heucheras, in large part because it reportedly has H. villosa (SE US native) in its parentage. Remove stems of faded flowers to encourage additional bloom. Some gardeners prefer to remove flower stems before flowering if plants are being grown as ground covers for their foliage texture and color. Foliage is essentially evergreen in warm winter climates. In cold winter climates the amount of retained foliage color depends in large part upon the severity of the temperatures. A winter mulch applied after the ground freezes will help prevent root heaving. Divide clumps in spring every 3-4 years.

Additional information

Common Name

'Caramel', Coral Bells

Botanical Name

Heuchera villosa 'Caramel'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun


to 1.5 ft.


to 2 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

early summer

Flower Color

pale pink



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Fall Color


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