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Gunsmoke Foamy Bells

Heucherella 'Gunsmoke'

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Gunsmoke Foamy Bells (Heucherella 'Gunsmoke') at Thies Farm & Greenhouses

Gunsmoke Foamy Bells

Gunsmoke Foamy Bells

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Gunsmoke Foamy Bells (Heucherella 'Gunsmoke') at Thies Farm & Greenhouses

Gunsmoke Foamy Bells flowers

Gunsmoke Foamy Bells flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  13 inches

Flower Height:  19 inches

Spacing:  22 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


A striking variety with bright silvery leaves with contrasting dark gray veins radiating from the leaf centers; dainty white bell flowers in late spring or early summer; a vigorous grower that forms a dense mound

Ornamental Features

Gunsmoke Foamy Bells features dainty spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive glossy lobed leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning silver in color with distinctive dark gray veins the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Gunsmoke Foamy Bells is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

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.

Gunsmoke Foamy Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Gunsmoke Foamy Bells will grow to be about 13 inches tall at maturity extending to 19 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 25 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 22 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 does best in partial shade to 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.

Gunsmoke Foamy 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features