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Epimedium genus (Barrenwort). This genus consists of mostly evergreen, spring-flowering species, there are about 40 members. They are low-growing, slow spreading perennials for shady situations and they will form broad mounds. The leaves are pinnately divided into heart-shaped leaflets. The flowers are mostly delicate sprays which will appear above the foliage. They are fully hardy. Grow in partial shade with humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well drained soil. You can propagate by division in the spring or autumn.
Perennials, Deciduous or Evergreens, Herbaceous or Sub-shrubs
Most are endemic to southern China, with some in Europe and central, southern and eastern Asia.
Grown for their flowers are cup-shaped with long or short spurs. Makes good ground cover.
Cut back just before new growth appears in spring.
From ripe seed or division in spring or autumn. Cut back old leaves in early spring.
Susceptible to vine weevil.
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