• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly; less once established, more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 1 1/2 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Spring flowers, followed by sour blue-black fruit in late summer.
  • 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:Moderate growing; reaches 1 1/2 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Spring flowers, followed by sour blue-black fruit in late summer.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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
    Prefers humusy, lightly acidic, well-drained soil. Space 3 to 4 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates dry shade. Apply a controlled-release fertilizer in spring. Spreads along surface by stolons.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 partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly; less once established, more in extreme heat.