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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea Dart's Red Lady



Compact shrub with deep purple foliage

The perfect choice if you want to cover the ground in a difficult spot. Darts Red Lady is a dense, low spreading, shrub with deep purple leaves which turn brilliant wine red in autumn. Straw coloured flowers are produced in clusters in late spring followed by red berries. Ideal for the middle of a border and makes a lovely contrast to gold or silver leaved plants.


For the best leaf colour plant in full sun but it will tolerate partial shade, happy in any soil.


Water well until established. Prune to shape in late spring if necessary.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering March - April
Evergreen No
Plant height 40 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 45 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 15 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September