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Podophyllum hybrid ‘Kaleidoscope’

Berberidaceae
Perennials

PODOPHYLLUM

Odd-looking yet striking plants, these herbaceous barberry relatives grow from thick underground rhizomes that send up stalks crowned with large, umbrella-shaped, deeply lobed leaves. Shoots with a single leaf are flowerless; those with two leaves bear a single 2-in.-wide flower (set between the leaves) in mid- to late spring. Blooms are followed by juicy, 2-in. berries; these are edible when fully ripe (poisonous until that stage) but can have a powerful laxative effect. Make attractive, slowly spreading deciduous groundcovers for shady areas with moist, organically enriched soil.

Podophyllum hybrid ‘Kaleidoscope’

Grows up to 18 in. tall and wide with variegated and blotched leaves more than a foot wide. Deep burgundy flowers hang in clusters beneath leaves in summer.

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