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Jealousy Pheasant Berry*

Leycesteria formosa 'Jealousy'

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Jealousy Pheasant Berry (Leycesteria formosa 'Jealousy') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Jealousy Pheasant Berry foliage

Jealousy Pheasant Berry foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Himalayan Honeysuckle


A striking addition to border or container plantings; bright yellow foliage takes on maroon highlights in cooler weather; pendulous white flowers with reddish bracts are followed by red berries that turn deep purple in fall adding to the display of color

Ornamental Features

Jealousy Pheasant Berry features showy racemes of white tubular flowers hanging below the branches in mid summer, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. Its attractive serrated pointy leaves emerge red in spring, turning chartreuse in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent deep purple berries from early to late fall. The burgundy stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Jealousy Pheasant Berry is a multi-stemmed annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Jealousy Pheasant Berry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Jealousy Pheasant Berry will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features