Data specific to Coral Bells (Edit)
Mature Plant Size: 1'-2'h x 1'-1 1/2' w
US Vendors: Prairie Moon Nursery
Comments: Also known as Prairie Alumroot. Has tiny greenish bell shaped flowers that are rather insignificant. However, flowers are many on tall wiry stems.
USDA Zone Range: 3
Water Requirements: Dry
Does Not Like Wet Feet

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Green to cream with orange stamens
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Cold Stratification
Days to germinate: 30
Depth to plant seed: Do not cover with soil
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Prairie Alumroot
  • Coral Bells

Photo Gallery
Location: Our Prairie to be, near Central Iowa
Date: 2015-05-19
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2016-04-02
Emerging spring growth
Location: Our Prairie to be, near Central Iowa
Date: 2015-05-18
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2012-07-08
Location: Our Prairie to be, near Central Iowa
Date: 2015-05-18
  • Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Jul 24, 2015 5:01 PM concerning plant:
    This was a surprise I planted last year. I bought quite a few natives but could not remember all the names at the time. It was fun learning what they all were. This grew well in our exposed clay subsoil after we had some construction done. The flowers are quite small, but interesting if you take the time to look at them. The seeds are so small they are dispersed by wind.
  • Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on Apr 30, 2016 9:10 PM concerning plant:
    I wasn't interested in this plant for a long time, because the flowers are small and green and not that showy. But I saw this in a friend's yard, and there were all these bees with bright orange on them. It turns out they were sweat bees collecting orange pollen on their legs. So last year I decided to get the plant for the bees. The leaves are lovely, even though they don't have the fancy patterns of coral bells.

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