Abelia x grandiflora ‘Mardi Gras’

(Mardi Gras Abelia)


Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

A festival of color splashes across the foliage of this compact semi-evergreen shrub. In spring, the new growth is tipped in bright pink which softens to a sparkling mound of creamy white and green leaves. In early summer, lightly fragrant shell pink flowers appear; these flowers dot the shrub extending its bloomtime from summer until early fall. Unlike many of the other variegated abelias, Abelia ?Mardi Gras? is a strong grower and is not prone to losing its variegation over time. Use it as an accent shrub to add a touch of unusual color to the landscape. Its fine foliage will set off the garden?s bolder leaved plants. Add it to perennial plantings to provide structure and background, or use it in container plantings.

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Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, organically rich soils which drain well. Blooms on new wood, so prune as needed (e.g., remove stems lost to winter and, if desired, thin to the ground up to 1/3 of old stems) in late winter to early spring.

Additional information

Common Name

Mardi Gras Abelia

Botanical Name

Abelia x grandiflora 'Mardi Gras'


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


2 to 3 ft.


4 to 5 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

Spring through Sunmmer

Flower Color




Foliage Color

Variegated white/green

Deer Resistant


Fall Color

Pink/green foliage

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