Alum root 'Spellbound' Heuchera 'Spellbound' (PBR)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
alum root 'Spellbound'


'Spellbound' is a mound-forming perennial with distinctive, ruffled, silver-purple leaves. If grown in a shadier position the foliage becomes more silvery; sun brings out the purple tones. White flowers are produced in airy sprays in summer

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Coral Bells, Alumroot

    • Common names

      Heuchera 'Spellbound' (PBR)

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Heuchera 'Spellbound' has attractive ruffled foliage with a range of colors from silver to purple, adding aesthetic value to gardens.
    • Four Season Interest: This variety offers year-round interest due to its evergreen leaves and seasonal changes in leaf color.
    • Low Maintenance: Heuchera 'Spellbound' requires minimal maintenance, making it a convenient choice for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, this plant is quite drought tolerant, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Attracts Wildlife: Its flowers can attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden, providing a dynamic element to the landscape.
    • Versatility: Heuchera 'Spellbound' can be used in a variety of garden settings, including borders, rock gardens, and containers.
    • Shade Tolerance: It is suitable for growing in shaded areas where other plants might not thrive, expanding gardening options.
    • Non-Invasive: This plant is not known to be invasive, reducing the risk of it overtaking other garden plants.
    • Disease Resistance: Heuchera 'Spellbound' is generally resistant to many common garden pests and diseases.
    • Easy to Propagate: It can be easily propagated through division, allowing gardeners to create more plants for use in their gardens or to share.

  • 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 foliage of Coral Bells can provide a stunning, textured background for close-up photography of insects or other small plants.
    • Educational tool: Gardeners and educators can use Coral Bells to illustrate the diversity of plant foliage and discuss plant breeding and cultivar development.
    • Aquarium decoration: When properly dried and treated, pieces of Coral Bells leaves can be used as natural-looking decorations in aquariums.
    • Leaf casting: Hobbyists can create concrete or plaster casts of Coral Bells leaves to capture their intricate patterns for art projects or garden path stones.
    • Seasonal arrangements: The leaves of Coral Bells, which change color throughout the seasons, can be included in floral arrangements to add a unique aesthetic.
    • Color dye source: The pigments in the leaves may potentially be used to create natural dyes for fabrics or art projects.
    • Pressing and preservation: Coral Bells leaves can be pressed and preserved in glass frames as a form of botanical art or for herbarium collections.
    • Culinary decoration: While not commonly known for edible uses, the attractive leaves can be used as a decorative garnish for plating in high-end culinary presentations.
    • Workshop decoration: Dried leaves or potted plants of Coral Bells can serve as decorative elements in creative workshops or studios to provide inspiration and a touch of nature.
    • Frost art: In colder climates, gardeners can showcase the beauty of Coral Bells leaves coated in frost as a temporary art form in the garden landscape.

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

    • Enduring Grace: The Heuchera 'Spellbound', commonly known as Coral Bells, has foliage that lasts through multiple seasons, reflecting resilience and the graceful endurance of beauty in the face of changing conditions.
    • Charm and Attraction: With its alluring leaves and delicate bell-shaped flowers, Coral Bells symbolizes an enchanting presence that can captivate and draw in the onlooker, much like a spellbinding charm.
    • Bewitching Aesthetics: The unique and sometimes iridescent leaves of the 'Spellbound' variety lend this plant a magical, almost otherworldly beauty, often associated with fairy tales and mythical enchantments.
    • Balance and Harmony: Coral Bells are often used in shade gardens where they balance the aesthetics with their mounding habit and broad color spectrum, symbolizing harmony with nature and the environment.

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

    Coral Bells 'Spellbound' prefers consistently moist soil, so water them when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Generally, this amounts to watering once every week, depending on climate conditions. Use approximately one gallon of water per plant as a guideline, ensuring it soaks deeply into the soil to encourage root growth. Be cautious not to overwater, as Coral Bells do not like soggy soil; proper drainage is essential to prevent root rot. During the hotter parts of the summer, they may require more frequent watering, while during the cooler, wetter months, less watering is needed.

  • sunLight

    Coral Bells 'Spellbound' thrives best in partial shade or filtered sunlight. Ideally, they should be situated in a location that receives morning sunlight and afternoon shade, as too much direct sun, especially during the hottest part of the day, can scorch their leaves. They can tolerate full sun in cooler climates but consistently prefer some shelter from the intense midday sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Coral Bells 'Spellbound' can generally withstand temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they grow optimally at temperatures between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They are hardy and can survive a range of temperatures but should be protected from extreme cold by mulching around the base in winter.

  • scissorsPruning

    Coral Bells 'Spellbound' should be pruned to remove any dead or damaged foliage, which can be done at any time of year as needed. Pruning is also beneficial to encourage new growth and maintain a compact, tidy shape. The best time for a more thorough pruning is in the early spring, just before new growth begins. Typically, pruning is done once a year, but individual ragged leaves can be removed as they occur.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Coral Bells prefer a well-drained soil mix amended with organic matter, such as compost or aged manure. An ideal pH for Coral Bells is slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. A mix containing equal parts garden soil, peat moss, and perlite would provide the right structure and nutrient balance for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Coral Bells should be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and prevent it from becoming compacted. This is also a good opportunity to divide larger clumps if needed to propagate the plant and encourage more vigorous growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Coral Bells thrive in average room humidity levels. They do well in environments with a humidity range of 40-50%, but they are also adaptable to slightly higher levels provided there is good air circulation around the plants to prevent moisture-related diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and water when topsoil is dry.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in part-shade, well-drained soil, mulch to retain moisture.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Heuchera 'Spellbound', commonly known as Coral Bells, begins its life as a seed, which, when sown, will germinate in warm, moist conditions. Following germination, the seedling grows into a rosette of leaves close to the ground, during which root establishment takes place. As the plant matures, it develops a sturdy stem and a larger rosette of ruffled and colorful foliage that is characteristic of the 'Spellbound' cultivar. Coral Bells then bloom in late spring to early summer, producing tall flower spikes that bear small, bell-shaped flowers attractive to pollinators. After flowering, seeds are produced, which can be dispersed to start new plants. In favorable conditions, Heuchera 'Spellbound' can persist as a perennial, undergoing dormancy in cold seasons and resuming growth in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • Heuchera 'Spellbound', commonly known as Coral Bells, is typically propagated by division, a method that is most effective when performed in spring or fall. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the plant and gently separate the crowns, ensuring that each section has a portion of the root system attached. These divisions can then be immediately replanted in well-draining soil, spaced about 12 to 15 inches (approximately 30 to 38 centimeters) apart, to allow for ample growth. This straightforward process not only helps in expanding your collection of Heuchera 'Spellbound' but also rejuvenates older clumps that may have become woody or less vigorous in the center. Regular watering until the new divisions are established is crucial for their success.