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Epimedium x rubrum

Common Name(s):

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ep-ih-MEE-dee-um BY ROO-brum
Description

Red Barrenwort is a ground cover from Europe. It tends to spreads faster than most epimediums but is not weedy. The foliage is showy with heart-shaped leaves that have a red tinge in spring and fall. The flowers appear in clusters in spring with creamy white petals surrounded by red sepals. It prefers light to full shade, average to organically enriched soil that is moist to dry and well-drained. Drought tolerant once established. Prune old foliage in late winter.

Use this plant in shade borders, walkways, woodland settings, under trees, or in rock gardens.

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#showy flowers#fall color#drought tolerant#shade tolerant#showy leaves#spring flowers#rabbit resistant#deer resistant#cream flower#groundcover#woodland#red flower#rock gardens#borders
 
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#showy flowers#fall color#drought tolerant#shade tolerant#showy leaves#spring flowers#rabbit resistant#deer resistant#cream flower#groundcover#woodland#red flower#rock gardens#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Epimedium
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer and rabbit resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 2 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 4 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Stalks of bright crimson and creamy white flowers are borne in pendulous racemes in spring. Red sepals surrounding the creamy petals.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    3-inch long compound, medium green leaves with pointed, heart-shaped leaflets on wiry stems. New growth has reddish tinge and fall color is reddish. Forms an attractive mound.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits