Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’


Outstanding Qualities

This unusual small perennial is grown for its interesting foliage. In early spring the new growth emerges reddish-bronze and then fades to green in summer. In autumn the tips turn burgundy red and this color bleeds into the leaves more and more as the weather cools. In late spring short stalks of white flowers that fade to pale pink are mixed with the bronzy new growth.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Disporum flavens, Muscari latifolium, Trillium sessile, Ilex crenata ‘Dwarf Pagoda’, Aruncus aethusifolius

Great Color Contrasts: purple, white yellow

Great Color Partners: pink, silver

Culture Notes

Mukdenia prefers a location with rich moist to well-drained or sandy soil. Provide light to open shade for good leaf color. It will grow in dappled shade, but the leaves will remain green and not develop any red color. It likes regular watering during dry weather. In fall once the leaves start to fade it can be cut to the ground. Root weevils can damage the leaves. Providing a moist location will help prevent weevil damage.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering