• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing clump to 6 to 8 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Late summer to fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ar-DIZ-i-a ja-PON-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub, Groundcover
    Sunset climate zones:6, 15 - 17
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing clump to 6 to 8 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late summer to fall
    Flower color:White
    Design 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 sideyards between multistory buildings.
    Companion PlantsThis groundcover makes an excellent match for American Maidenhair Fern, (Adiantum pedatum), Clementine Mix Columbine, (Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Formula Mix'), King of Hearts Bleeding Heart,(Dicentra x 'King of Hearts') and Golden Japanese Forest Grass, (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    The bark of Ardisia is the part considered medicinal in traditional Chinese medicine.