Ardisia japonica 'Chirimen'Item #0291 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
Excellent groundcover for shady areas. Remains lush and showy under the canopy of large trees. A great choice for water gardens, containers and hanging baskets. Moderately fast growing for a quick cover. Attractive red berries in late summer lasting into winter. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Quickly forms foliage clumps 6 to 8 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ar-DIZ-i-a ja-PON-i-kaDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:6, 15 - 17Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly forms foliage clumps 6 to 8 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Summer to FallFlower color:WhiteGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasA useful partial shade groundcover that fills in gaps in planting. Excellent for tightening up the lawn edge or creating green carpet beneath older flowering shrubs with exposed legs. Exceptional choice for the woodland forest floor to discourage weeds and to add bright berry color. Works nicely on north east or west exposures where few plants thrive and in side yards between multistory buildings.Companion PlantsJapanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Hosta (Hosta); Pachysandra (Pachysandra); Columbine (Aquilegia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in enriched, evenly moist, acidic, well-draining soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 to 3 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This shrub is included in the small Nutmeg Family which contains just a few genera from warm parts of the world. This genus contains about 250 species distributed over tropical and subtropical regions around the world except Africa and Australia. The species is native to Japan and China where it is valued as a medicinal. It was classified by Karl Blume in the 19th century.Lore:The bark of Ardisia is the part considered medicinal in traditional Chinese medicine.