Mukdenia 'Karasuba' Description
Perhaps you've never heard of Mukdenia (pronounced muck-deen-ee-uh and often called crimson fans) before, but you should definitely get to know this easy, stylish shade perennial!
Think of this pretty little perennial as one that goes with anything in your garden. Glossy, leathery leaves have a delicate, maple-like appearance. They provide nice texture all season long and then come autumn, watch out - this handsome little perennial blazes bright red and commands attention in the garden. Your garden friends will definitely be asking, "what's that?!"
Here's what you'll love about 'Karasuba' crimson fans:
- Appealing but fairly demure all season, it becomes a blaze of red in autumn.
- In spring, white flowers with orange, red, or yellow centers dangle above the clump of foliage.
- Shade tolerant and low maintenance, this groundcover slowly spreads to create a beautiful, neat patch of glossy foliage.
- Compact habit makes it perfect for filling in little spaces in the landscape or garden.
- We like this on its own as a groundcover, but it also makes a nice pairing with hostas or Japanese forest grass.
Mukdenia prefer a rich, humus, moisture retentive soil. Take care not to bury the crown as it should sit at the soil line. They have moderate moisture needs.
Special features: Color change, Deer resistant, Easy care, Fall color, Foliage interest, Multi-season interest
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- Botanical name:
Mukdenia rossii 'Karasuba'
- Common name:
Red-leafed mukdenia, Crimson fans
- Sun exposure:
Shade, Part shade
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- Height x width:
12" X 15"
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- Foliage color:
Green, becoming red in autumn
- Bloom season:
Accents, Alpine and rock gardens, Borders, Containers, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Small spaces, Under planting, Woodland
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AK, CAN, HI, PR
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Soil: Grow in any average soil with average to abundant moisture.
Light: Part shade - filtered light or 4-6 hours of sun - is ideal, but can take full shade in hot climates.
Water: Average to moist. Keeping this plant too dry will cause it to enter dormancy prematurely and you'll miss out on the spectacular autumn show.
Spacing: 1.5 ft
Fertilizing: Apply compost or aged manure in spring to increase organic matter content and provide a nitrogen boost..
Winterizing: Winter mulching will prevent the freezing and thawing that can heave plants roots.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut back the entire flower stalk after flowering to put the plants energy into growing more leaves. Note: do not plant mukdenia too deeply, as its fleshy crown may rot if it is buried.
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