• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage clumps reach 18 to 24 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KAH-reks test-uh-SEE-uh
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Average landscape size:Foliage clumps reach 18 to 24 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Multicolored
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Brown
    Garden styleRustic
    Companion PlantsAstilbe (Astilbe); Ligularia (Ligularia); Foam Flower (Tiarella); Bugbane (Cimicifuga); Iris (Iris)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained, evenly moist soil. Avoid harsh sun exposures in hot summer areas. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Old, faded foliage may be gently raked to remove. Prune very lightly just before new growth emerges in 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 shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.