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Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope'

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Podophyllum (po-do-FIL-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Kaleidoscope
Additional cultivar information:(PP14460)
Hybridized by Heims
Registered or introduced: 2002

Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Mottled

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Crescent City, California

Lafayette, California

Elkton, Maryland

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Saint Louis, Missouri

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Florence, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Lexington, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 30, 2011, Strever from Hiouchi, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

of the different Podophyllum i have in my garden this one seems to be the most hardy thru the winter
P. 'kaleidoscope' was the first offering from Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. (Tigard, OR) from a cross between Podophyllum hybrid 374 (an unpatented proprietary plant) as the seed parent and Podophyllum hybrid 352 (an unpatented proprietary plant) as the pollen parent. These two Podophyllum hybrids are outstanding selections out of a hybrid swarm in a Japanese nursery, believed to come from P. difforme, P. delavayi, and P. versipelle. The new cultivar was chosen for its outstanding foliage
see the patent here http://www.freepatentsonline.com/PP14460.html

Positive

On Aug 25, 2006, jburgh from Seattle, WA wrote:

This is a very unusual (and somewhat pricey) plant, rarely seen at local nurseries in the Seattle area. Be sure to get one that is older and well rooted, or it may rot while you are trying to get it established. They flower when they are about 3 years old and the flower is beneath the umbrella shaped leaves.