Coral Bells Heuchera Ebony and Ivory = 'E and I' (PBR)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
alum root [Ebony and Ivory]


Heuchera Ebony and Ivory, also known as Coral Bells, is a strikingly ornamental plant valued for its vibrant foliage and contrasting flowers. Its leaves boast a deep, almost black-purple color which gives the 'Ebony' part of its name true resonance. The foliage has a tough, almost leathery texture and is often shaped like rounded maple leaves with pronounced, intricate venation that can add texture and depth to the plant’s overall appearance. The 'Ivory' part of this variety's name comes from the delicate spikes of creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers that emerge above the dark foliage. These flowers are borne on tall, slender stems that contrast elegantly against the leaves and can appear frothy and light as they cluster along each stem. The combination of the dramatic dark foliage with the light, almost ethereal, flowers creates a stunning visual impact that can draw the eye in any garden or landscape setting. The Coral Bells' aesthetic can bring a sense of drama and sophistication to a garden space, making the plant a popular choice for gardeners and landscape designers alike. Its contrasting colors fit well in various garden themes, from modern minimalist landscapes to more traditional or cottage-style gardens. This cultivar, with its bold and contrasting look, can work particularly well as a focal point in a garden, in mixed containers, or as a border plant where it can complement other garden flora with lighter or brighter colors.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Coral Bells, Alumroot.

    • Common names

      Heuchera 'E and I' (PBR)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Coral Bells 'E and I' are not known to be toxic to humans. There are no common symptoms of poisoning from this plant because it is generally considered non-toxic. Therefore, ingesting parts of this plant typically does not lead to any severe consequences for humans.

    • To pets

      Coral Bells 'E and I' are generally considered to be non-toxic to pets as well. There are no well-documented cases of poisoning in pets from ingesting this plant, so it is thought to be safe. You should not expect any significant symptoms or toxic consequences if a pet ingests parts of the Coral Bells 'E and I'. However, it is always best to prevent pets from eating plants as individual sensitivities can vary.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot 10 inches (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot 10 inches (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Foliage: Heuchera 'E and I' features striking, dark leaves with white or pale green veining, adding visual interest to garden beds and containers.
    • Durable: This cultivar typically has good resistance to common pests and diseases, making it a resilient choice for many garden settings.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, Heuchera 'E and I' requires minimal care, thriving with just basic watering and occasional feeding.
    • Long-Lasting: Offering a long season of interest, the plant produces attractive foliage from spring through fall and sometimes into winter.
    • Shade Tolerance: 'E and I' grows well in partial to full shade, making it excellent for underplanting and adding color to darker areas of the garden.
    • Multiseasonal Interest: With evergreen or semi-evergreen habits, it contributes to the garden's aesthetics throughout the year.
    • Accentuates Landscapes: Its unique color contrasts well with other plants, making it a perfect accent or focal point.
    • Container Gardening: Due to its compact size, 'E and I' is suitable for container gardening, allowing those with limited space to enjoy its beauty.
    • Versatile Use: This variety can be used in a range of garden styles, from woodland to contemporary.
    • Attracts Wildlife: 'E and I' can attract pollinators like butterflies, adding an extra layer of life to your garden.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Backdrop: The attractive foliage of Heuchera Ebony and Ivory can serve as a distinctive background for close-up photography, highlighting subjects like insects or other plants.
    • Thematic Gardens: Because of its dramatic coloration, it's often used in gothic or dark-themed gardens to create a unique visual interest.
    • Container Spiller: In a container garden, its foliage can spill over the edges, softening the container lines and creating an elegant display.
    • Edging Plants: When planted in a row, Heuchera Ebony and Ivory can create striking border edges along paths or garden beds.
    • Seasonal Decor: Its striking leaves can be used as a natural decoration in fall arrangements or wreaths for a unique and seasonal touch.
    • Ground Cover: In shady areas, this plant can serve as an effective ground cover, forming a dense mat that suppresses weed growth.
    • Tree Base Accent: Planted at the base of trees, Heuchera Ebony and Ivory can add contrast and draw attention to the tree's trunk and lower branches.
    • Terrariums: Smaller specimens can be used in a terrarium setup to add height and color contrast amongst other miniature plants.
    • Dye Source: The pigments in the leaves could potentially be used to create natural dyes for fabrics or art projects.
    • Crafts and Floral Arrangements: The leaves can be incorporated into crafts, such as pressed leaf art, or added to floral arrangements for their unique texture and color.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Coral Bells is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Coral Bells is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Eternal Beauty: The 'E and I' is known for its striking foliage that maintains its visual appeal through various seasons, symbolizing enduring and timeless beauty.
    • Contrast and Balance: With its distinctive dark leaves with white flowers, this Heuchera variety represents the harmonious balance of opposites, echoing the yin and yang concept.
    • Adaptability: Heucheras are adaptable plants that can thrive in various conditions, symbolizing flexibility and the ability to thrive in different environments.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Coral Bells, commonly known as Heuchera 'Ebony and Ivory', should be watered thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry. Watering frequency depends on weather conditions and soil type, but a general guideline is to water once a week, providing about one gallon of water per plant, ensuring even moisture distribution. Avoid overhead watering to prevent leaf diseases and try to water early in the day to give the foliage time to dry. During hotter, drier periods, increase watering frequency, but always check the soil moisture level first to avoid overwatering.

  • sunLight

    Coral Bells flourish in partial shade, where they can receive filtered sunlight or morning sun followed by afternoon shade. They can tolerate full sun in cooler climates but may need protection from the intense, hot afternoon sun to prevent scorching of their attractive foliage. An ideal spot is beneath a canopy of trees that allows dappled light to filter through.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Coral Bells are adaptable to a range of temperatures and can survive from 20 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they thrive at moderate temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees. They are generally hardy and can withstand a freeze, but extreme heat and direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day can stress the plants.

  • scissorsPruning

    Coral Bells should be pruned to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a tidy appearance. Pruning is best done in the spring to remove winter-damaged leaves and can be repeated throughout the growing season as needed. Deadheading the flower stalks after blooming can also encourage additional flowering and prevent self-seeding.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Coral Bells (Heuchera 'E and I') prefer well-draining, fertile soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. The best soil mix for Coral Bells should include organic compost or peat moss, perlite or vermiculite for aeration, and a base of loamy or sandy soil to ensure proper drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Coral Bells (Heuchera 'E and I') typically need to be repotted every 2-3 years. They should be repotted if the plant has outgrown its current container or the soil has degraded.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Coral Bells (Heuchera 'E and I') thrive best in average household humidity levels, ranging from 40% to 50%. They can tolerate some variation in humidity but prefer consistent conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep Coral Bells (Heuchera 'E and I') in bright, indirect light and moist soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Coral Bells (Heuchera 'E and I') in partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Heuchera 'Ebony and Ivory', commonly known as Coral Bells, is a perennial plant that begins its life cycle from a seed or more commonly from division or tissue culture. Once planted, the seedling or divided young plant will establish its root system and begin to produce a rosette of leaves, typically within the first growing season. During its second year and subsequent years, the Heuchera 'Ebony and Ivory' will mature, developing its characteristic dark purple, almost ebony, foliage with silvery-white veining – the "ivory" – and will send up slender stems that bear small, bell-shaped flowers in late spring to early summer. After the flowering period, seeds may form, and if conditions are right, these can disperse to create new plants, although this particular cultivar is more reliably propagated by division. The plant can live several years, during which older leaves may die back, especially after the winter, to be replaced by fresh growth in the spring. As a perennial, Heuchera 'Ebony and Ivory' will undergo periods of dormancy each winter, resuming growth with warmer temperatures in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Heuchera 'E and I', commonly referred to as Coral Bells, is typically propagated through division, which is the most popular method for this ornamental plant. Propagation by division is best done in the spring as new growth begins. The plant should be carefully lifted from the ground and the root ball should be divided into several sections, ensuring that each section has a portion of the root system along with healthy leaves. These divisions should be replanted at the same depth they were growing at originally, spaced about 12 inches (roughly 30 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate growth. Water the newly planted divisions thoroughly to establish them in their new location. This method is effective because it not only helps to rejuvenate older clumps that may have become woody or less vigorous, but it also preserves the characteristics of the parent plant, since Coral Bells are often grown for their specific leaf colors and patterns.