Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Variegated Podophyllum
Dysosma pleiantha 'Sugar Daddy'

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dysosma (dis-OHS-ma) (Info)
Species: pleiantha
Cultivar: Sugar Daddy

Synonym:Podophyllum chengii
Synonym:Podophyllum hispidum
Synonym:Podophyllum onzoi
Synonym:Podophyllum pleianthium

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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By unccgardener
Thumbnail #1 of Dysosma pleiantha by unccgardener


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive unccgardener On Jul 28, 2008, unccgardener from Charlotte, NC wrote:

This is a beautiful specimen not ofter seen. I have grown this in a one gallon container in part shade with normal watering and it has flourished.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Charlotte, North Carolina

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