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Epimedium

Epimedium spp.

Epimedium x rubrum 2013-05-10 by Peter coxhead (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

60cm

25cm

Min

45cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Epimedium Overview

Epimedium is a genus also known by the names barrenwort, bishop’s hat, fairy wings and horny goat weed in different locations. It contains approximately 65 hardy, rhizomatous, deciduous and evergreen perennials. They are grown for their nice autumn colour, leaves may turn bronze in spring as well as autumn. Small, delicate and often spurred, spidery flowers are produced on branched or unbranched stems. These are coloured white, yellow, pink, red or purple and artificial hybrids have been created for garden planting, these are considered very hardy and able to stand winter temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius.

Common problems with Epimedium

How to propagate Epimedium

Division

From ripe seed or division in spring or autumn.

Seed

Cuttings

Cut back old leaves in early spring.

Other uses of Epimedium

Grown for their flowers are cup-shaped with long or short spurs. Makes good ground cover.