Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’
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 NotesMukdenia 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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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