Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope'

This is a plant that doesn't seem to have gotten around to gardens as much as it should, given how pretty it is. Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope' is an oriental version of our common Mayapple. It is a terribly slow increaser and a bit picky about location. Deep shade in woodsy soil seems to suit it. We have plants from several sources and the variegation is slightly different on each of them. I think it is still a bit pricey, probably because of the slowness to increase, but if you can find one and keep it happy, it makes a good show. It is smaller than the our native Mayapple also in both height and leaf size. It makes one small flower under the leaf at the top of the stem which forms a round fruit. Our large clump is a bit farther back in the border than it should be, designwise, but it's happy so I'm not going to move it.

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