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Terra Nova Nurseries has announced a new genus as a part of its new 2014 “Sneak Peek” variety introductions.
The hybrid of mukdenia and bergenia is called Mukgenia, which exhibits heterosis (hybrid vigor) by rapidly forming low, compact mounds of shiny, leathery-thick leaves with jagged edges. This new genus fills the void in the retail market by enlivening the reputation of bergenia and introducing a whole new group to mukdenia.
“We made our initial test crosses several years ago,” says Chuck Pavlich, director of new product development at Terra Nova Nurseries, “It is our goal to always, in all ways, break new ground in breeding, culture and use.”
Mukgenia Nova ‘Flame’ is the first variety to be released. It is is durable and takes cold and wet weather well. While totally deciduous with great fall color, spring flowers are midway between bergenia and mukdenia, sprouting in small, dark rose-pink clusters.
It performs best in zones 3-9 in shade to partial shade, achieving an average size of 6″ height / 12″ width / 13″ flower height.
The company will introduce more mukgenia varieties in the future.
To learn more about Terra Nova Nurseries, visit www.terranovanurseries.com.