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Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum'

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ep-ih-MEE-dee-um BY ver-sih-KOL-or sul-FER-ee-um
Description

Bicolor Barrenwort is a shade tolerate ground cover that forms attractive clumps of heart-shaped leaves that are reddish in spring, green in summer and reddish in fall. Growth is up to 1 foot tall with a 1-1.5-foot spread. 

Preference is for light to moderate shade in average to organically enriched, medium moist, well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant once established and spreads by rhizomes. The bright yellow flowers appear in clusters in mid to late spring.

Use this plant in shady woodland gardens, rock gardens,  along walkways, shady borders or under trees and bushes. Shear foliage in late winter before flowers appear.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Part Shade Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#fall color#drought tolerant#shade tolerant#yellow flowers#showy leaves#rabbit resistant#deer resistant#groundcover#rock gardens#clumping#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#fall color#drought tolerant#shade tolerant#yellow flowers#showy leaves#rabbit resistant#deer resistant#groundcover#rock gardens#clumping#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Epimedium
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 1 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    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
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Clusters of 1-inch flowers with bright yellow petals with short spurs and pale yellow sepals.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    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 heart-shaped leaflets on wiry stems. Leaves are reddish in spring and again in fall, green in the summer. The plant forms attractive clumps.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden