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Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' ('Soft Caress' Oregon grape)

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' ('Soft Caress' Oregon grape) 'Soft Caress' Oregon grape Photo/Illustration: Pam Penick


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' Common Name: 'Soft Caress' Oregon grape Genus: Mahonia
“Soft caress,” indeed! You’ll barely recognize this shade dweller as an Oregon grape when it sends up its long slender foliage without a single thorn. Its spikes of fragrant, lemon yellow flowers bloom from fall through winter, and will add a jolt to any shady bed. But the large clusters of silver-blue berries that follow the blooms are what I look forward to most. For the best results, give this drought-tolerant perennial afternoon shade, well-draining soil, and plenty of water the first year. -Leslie Finical Halleck, Fine Gardening # 147 (October 2012), page 74
Noteworthy characteristics: Fragrant yellow flowers on thornless stems.
Care: Give 'Soft Caress' plenty of water during its first year.
Propagation: Sow seed outdoors in a seedbed or in pots as soon as ripe or in the fall. Stratify seeds for best germination rates. Root semi-ripe or leaf-bud cuttings from late summer to autumn.
Problems: Rust, leaf spots, galls, scale insects, and whiteflies.
Height 3 to 4 feet
Spread 3 to 4 feet
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Fall; Winter
Foliage Color Black
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Color, Combinations, Shade
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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