Mukdenia rossii

28 May

Mukdenia rossii (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Mukdenia rossii (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Partial shade

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 30cm

Eventual Spread: 50cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Saxifragaceae

Mukdenia rossii is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with a low growing, spreading habit. Its mid green leaves are rounded, up to 9 lobed palmate, up to 15cm long and broad. Its leave become tinged with red during late summer. Its white/ cream flowers appear as short branched panicles.

Mukdenia rossii Flower (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Mukdenia rossii Flower (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Mukdenia rossii, commonly known as Mukdenia, is native to China and Korea. In its native habitat it grows on rock slopes and ravines. Mukdenia rossii is synonymous with Aceriphyllum rossii.

The etymological root of the binomial name Mukdenia is named after the former name for Shenyang, Mukden, the capital of Liaoning Province. Rossii is named for John Ross (1842-1915), a Presbyterian missionary in Manchuria from 1872-1910.

The landscape architect may find Mukdenia rossii useful as a low growing perennial suitable for lightly shaded positions.

Mukdenia rossii Leaf (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Mukdenia rossii Leaf (19/04/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Mukdenia rossii flowers are attractive to pollination insects.

Mukdenia rossii prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Mukdenia rossii requires little maintenance.

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2 Responses to “Mukdenia rossii”

  1. David 28/05/2014 at 16:29 #

    Named for John Ross (1842-1915), Presbyterian missionary in Manchuria from 1872-1910.

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