Oh yea, bring it on cause she truly does have a Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’. I’m growing it!!! Another I brought home from the GWA in Raleigh, NC. I’m not lucky folks–I’m a hard working plant writer who says–now let’s just see if this will survive our winter? I do it for you and me ;)
A gardener who lives in my neck of the woods is normally saying—will it survive summer’s heat and humidity—in this case, was it the winter? She did….she survived a cold winter too. I’m more on the 7a side than 7b and this was not sheltered. She’s green and soft and pretty much looks like the above photo. There are a few brown spots at the top but not a big deal.
She’s suppose to bloom some buttery yellow elongated flower clusters in early winter–I’ve not seen that yet. I think it grows a bit fast–but oh so much more the better don’t you think? I have it growing in my front lawn in dappled light. The feel is addictive with the feathery feel.
And too—it’s a bit dry at that spot. So I’ve defied and pushed all the parameters–isn’t she sweet?!
From Novalis–Plants That Work!
Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ – Feathery Foliage
Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ PP20183
A unique new selection! Feathery foliage for the shade garden. Bright yellow flowers in early winter.
Few plants offer the texture that ‘Soft Caress’ provides the shade garden. Slender, bamboo-like foliage forms an evergreen, medium-sized shrub. In early winter racemes of bright-yellow flowers stand atop the foliage like fingers of light. Perfect for an Asian garden or as a single specimen, ‘Soft Caress’ has its roots in Japan.
Seasonal Interest: Year-round
Average Height: 3-4′
Exposure: Part Shade