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Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple

Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope'

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Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple (Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope') at GardenWorks

Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple foliage

Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Description:

A wonderful clumping hybrid with large lobed umbrella shaped leaves that display deep purple spots on light green leaves variegated with silver; maroon flowers dangle under the leaves mid-spring; protect from spring frosts in colder areas

Ornamental Features

Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple's attractive round leaves emerge creamy white in spring, turning light green in colour with distinctive deep purple spots and tinges of silver throughout the season. It features bold burgundy bell-shaped flowers dangling from the stems in late spring. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Kaleidoscope Hybrid Mayapple is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features


Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.