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Epimedium Genus

Barrenwort

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

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.

Characteristics

Perennials, Deciduous or Evergreens, Herbaceous or Sub-shrubs

Other common names

Bishop's hat, Bishop's mitre

Origin

Most are endemic to southern China, with some in Europe and central, southern and eastern Asia.

Interest and use

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

Cultivation

Cut back just before new growth appears in spring.

Propagation

From ripe seed or division in spring or autumn. Cut back old leaves in early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to vine weevil.

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