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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Strever 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

Positive jburgh 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.


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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