The flowers are merely white, and the foliage cool enough: why then does this plant appeal to me so much? The name contains a bit of history: Mukden was the Manchurian name for Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province of Northeastern China, where this attractive herb in the Saxifrage family was presumably first named by botanists.
I was lucky to find Mukdenia in full bloom in Copenhagen's little gem of a rock garden on April 2013
Same clump in early July of 2015
And I just took this picture a few days ago (early September, 2017). I am a lucky mortal to have had a chance to visit some place a continent apart on three rain-free days to compare the seasons...and even the self-same plant in three charming different guises! Ah, the things that thrill a plant nerds heart!
A slightly different view from another vantage point...
A closeup of the springtime bloom in Copenhagen...
I photographed this at a Home Depot near my house: really beautifully grown (but mistakenly labeled) pots of Mukdenia--the fancy reddish leaf form from Japan that is sold as 'Karasuba' in Japan, but goes by 'Crimson Fans' in the US.
|7 bucks is a pretty good price for these...|