• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs occasional watering; more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 18 in. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Spring flowers followed by blue-black fruit.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ma-HOH-nee-a REE-penz
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Mounding, Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 18 in. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Spring flowers followed by blue-black fruit.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Azalea (Azalea); Fern (Asplenium); Clethra (Clethra); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average soils; tolerates clay. As a groundcover, space plants 3 to 4 ft. apart, closer for faster coverage. Water deeply at regular intervals during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Supplement during hot, dry spells. Feed with a controlled-release fertilizer in spring.Pruning time: summer after flowering..
    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 filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs occasional watering; more often in extreme heat.