'Soft Caress' Oregon grape

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'

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

Overview

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
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Foliage Color
Black
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Combinations,
Color,
Shade
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

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