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Epimedium x perralchicum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ep-ih-MEE-dee-um BY pair-ral-CHEE-kum
Description

Yellow epimedium is a clump-forming rhizomatous evergreen ground cover.  It prefers light to moderate shade and does well in any well-drained garden soil. It is drought tolerant once established so tolerates being planted under trees. It forms a dense ground cover that will help block weed growth. The attractive yellow flowers appear in spring and the heart-shaped foliage is bronzy mottled in spring and fall but green during the summer. It stays attractive all year long. 

Use this plant in shady borders, along walkways, naturalized areas, woodland areas or under trees.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Frohnleiten'
    Compact, brighter yellow flowers held above foliage
  • Wisley’
    Pale green leaves in spring, yellow flowers
Tags:
#evergreen#yellow#drought tolerant#green#yellow flowers#gold leaves#groundcover#weed preventer
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Frohnleiten'
    Compact, brighter yellow flowers held above foliage
  • Wisley’
    Pale green leaves in spring, yellow flowers
Tags:
#evergreen#yellow#drought tolerant#green#yellow flowers#gold leaves#groundcover#weed preventer
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Epimedium
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in Asian herbal medicine
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought tolerant
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    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)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    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:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Panicles of bright yellow 4-petaled flowers in spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The compound, medium green, mottled leaves with 2-3 pointed, heart-shaped leaflets are up to 3 inches long. Mottling of the leaves occurs in spring and fall. Margins are slightly wavy and spiny.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Wiry green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought