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Epimedium

Phonetic Spelling
ep-ih-MEE-dee-um
Description

A group of herbaceous perennials in the family Berberidaceae.  Commonly called Bishop's Hat or Barrenwort, the genus name is of unclear origin and meaning.  Most species are native to China.  Species have small, charming, four-pointed flowers that can come in shades of red, pink, white, and yellow, blooming between May and June. This plant acts as an evergreen in the Sandhills of North Carolina.

Growth rate varies with species.  Grows best in partial shade.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Water Feature Woodland Walk
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Pink Champagne’
  • 'Pink Elf'
  • 'Rubrum'
‘Pink Champagne’, 'Pink Elf', 'Rubrum'
Tags:
#deciduous#ncemgva2018#NC native#HS302
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Pink Champagne’
  • 'Pink Elf'
  • 'Rubrum'
‘Pink Champagne’, 'Pink Elf', 'Rubrum'
Tags:
#deciduous#ncemgva2018#NC native#HS302
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Epimedium
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    NE. Algeria, Austria to W. Himalaya, China to Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No