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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Sunset zones: Not listed.
USDA zones: 6-9.
Height: 18 inches (45 cm).
Width: 12 inches (20 cm).
Late spring to early summer.
Clusters of 7 to 20, 2-inch long, deep maroon flowers are followed by yellow fleshy fruits.
Umbrella-shaped, variegated leaves can grow as large as 12-20 inches wide.
Shade to partial shade.
Humus rich, leafy, consistently moist, well-drained soil.
Side dress with leaf mold or compost to keep soil humus rich.
Divide in early spring just as growth resumes, or late summer.
Rainy Side Notes
Introduced by Terra Nova Nurseries in 2004, this Asian mayapple has knockout designs that can make any foliage fan swoon. Terra Nova also introduced P. 'Spotty Dotty' the same year, and although it's lovely, I prefer the markings on 'Kaleidoscope.'
If the foliage was any bigger, you might be tempted to use the hexagonal leaves when it rains, since the leaves resemble an opened umbrella. These slow growers are beautiful in the shade garden; however, the stunning foliage is the star attraction, while the flowers play an attractive, supporting role.
Photographed in Jonathan Morse's Vashion Island garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.