‘Soft Caress’

‘Soft Caress’

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' PP20183

Soft Caress has everything we love about Mahonia, without the pesky thorns! Compact enough for containers, yet large enough for foundations or borders, these tough plants provide fabulous texture to the shade garden. Watch out for bunnies—they love them as much as we do!

Sunset Zones

4-5 (with protection), 6-9,14-24

USDA Zones

5°F to 10°F USDA zones 7B–10

‘Soft Caress’ Features

Plant Dimensions

3-4' H x 3-4' W

Landscape Use

Accent, Border, Container, Garden Bed, Mass planting, Slope

Plant Type


Growth Rate



Part shade to shade

Special Feature

Attracts Pollinators, Compact habit, Disease / Pest Resistance, Dwarf Habit, Easy Care, Water-wise, Year-Round Interest


Bright yellow flowers fall and spring

Flowering Season


‘Soft Caress’ Plant Care

Water Needs

Low Water Once Established/Water-wise


Fertilize yearly in spring


Shape spring to summer


Well-drained soils

Planting Instructions

1. Dig in your native soil a hole as deep and wide as the container. We recommend planting in native soil for best acclimation.
2. Fill the hole with water and thoroughly water the new plant; allow both to drain.
3. Gently place the plant on its side and remove the pot. Place your hand on the bottom of the plant and put it in the hole.
4. Return native soil around the root ball, wetting and gently tamping down.
5. To complete, create a shallow trench around the base of the plant to contain the water when watering.
6. Mulch 1–2” deep around the plant, avoiding the area closest to the stem.

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