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(Zone 4b)

June 23, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9176995

I had been meaning to pick up one of these 'mysterious' plants but it was just yesterday that I spied on at the nursery I was visiting.

There is some 'debate' as to the size this plant will attain.

I would love to hear if anyone here has experience with this plant.

(Zone 4b)

July 25, 2012
11:01 AM

Post #9218171

I planted one in early July and just picked up another yesterday.

I am experimenting as to the amount of shade it can handle.

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Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2012
4:48 AM

Post #9220148

I have one in pretty deep shade. It's been there for about 5yrs.
It's fairly yellow in spring - but I suspect not as much as it would be if it got more sun.
I can't say it's super spectacular.
But to be fair to the plant, I threw it in the midst of a fairly dense jungle.
It's in a peripheral area of the yard I don't pay much attention to.
My idea was to brighten up an otherwise neglected wooded area.
It's holding it's own in pretty rough conditions, but still not very big - just 2-3ft.

(Zone 4b)

July 27, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #9220620

Thanks Weerobin for the feedback. The foliage is striking. I have planted two so in lots of shade and the other getting more sun (so an experiment) and I have another one I picked up just yesterday from a nursery that is such a good looking specimen (see picture below) but I have no idea where to put space left.

But I have heard from others that if it is placed appropriately in can reach 5 feet in height.

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(Zone 4b)

July 27, 2013
7:00 PM

Post #9613853


It has been exactly one year from my last post in this thread and I am very impressed with this plant. The ASK shown in the pot above is right now about 3.5 feet in width and almost 3 feet high. In shade it really does glow. The foliage is picture perfect healthy and it is a vigorous herbaceous plant. It easily made it through this tricky past winter and spring and so it is for sure hardy to zone 4.

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Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2014
11:32 AM

Post #9774473

I'm so glad to see this. I was tooling around the Munchkin site and saw this plant, and made myself a note. But now I see that knowledgeable people are having success with it, and I am between your zones!

On the list to buy!

It reminds me of comathosphace japonica 'Golden Angel', a japanese shrub mint I got last year from Raulston Arboretum. It really lights up that shady space. I didn't think at first that it would make it but it has been terrific. Pardon the soaker hoses but I tend to baby plants during the first months of installation if installed in summer.

Really punches up those hydrangeas in the third picture!

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