Mukdenia Information – Care and Maintenance

Basic information about Mukdenia.  Includes Origin, Growing & Cultivation, Common Pests & Diseases, Interesting Facts & Uses,  and Garden Design Tips.

Mukdenia Origin

mukdenia karasuba flowers
Mukdenia ‘Karasuba’ flowers

It’s not known where or how the scientific name of ‘Mukdenia’ was acquired.

There is no common name yet for this genus, though it is sometimes referred to by its fan-shaped leaves.

This genus consists of only two species, which are native to east Asia and Japan.

Growing and Cultivation

Mukdenia enjoys partial shade with moist, fertile and well-drained soils.

They can tolerate full sun in more northern areas, but hot summer sun areas should keep them in dappled shade during the afternoon hours.

These plants may naturalize and spread via slowly creeping rhizomes in optimum growing conditions.

Common Pests and Diseases

Mukdenia is very pest and disease resistant; the only pest commonly seen would be slugs and snails.  Treat with homemade or commercially available slug/snail baits, traps or preventatives.

Interesting Facts and Uses

mukdenia karasuba leaves
Mukdenia ‘Karasuba’ leaves

Mukdenia is noted for its boldly textured foliage with a dramatic seasonal color change!  Its wide fan-shaped green leaves begin the season with a red edge.

Over time, the red creeps into the center little by little, making it fun to watch all season long!

This plant is related distantly to the Heuchera family.


Garden Design Tips

Mukdenia’s stunning color change process makes it a great contrast for plainer, green-leaved foliage in the shady parts of the garden like Hostas, Heucheras, Astilbes and Brunnera.

The bold texture also partners more delicate-leaved plants like Astilbes, Dicentras, Aquilegias, and narrow-leaved plants like Tradescantias, Carex, and Pulmonaria.

Frequently used as a spreading groundcover since it rarely gets above a foot tall. It displays white star-shaped flowers on individual stems in early spring.

Mukdenia Purchasing

To purchase varieties of this plant, please visit our Shade Companion Plants Page.