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. 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 such as St. Louis, the amount of retained foliage color depends in large part upon the severity of the temperatures. A compost mulch applied after the ground freezes will help prevent root heaving. Divide clumps in spring every 3-4 years.
‘Molly Bush’ is a vigorous, clump-forming coral bells cultivar that features a dense basal mound to 15” tall and as wide of large, crinkled, maple-like, dark purple leaves (6-8”). Tiny bell-shaped greenish-white flowers appear on slender stems rising above the foliage mound to 30” tall from June to August (sometimes into September). ‘Molly Bush’ was hybridized by Allen Bush who reportedly named the cultivar after his daughter.
No serious insect or disease problems. Frost heaving of roots may occur when winter temperatures fluctuate widely.
Effective in groups or massed as a ground cover. Also effective as a specimen or accent. Rock gardens, borders and open woodland gardens. Interesting as an edger along paths or walkways. Containers.