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Epimedium davidii

Barrenwort

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (94633)

Plant details

This clump-forming, evergreen perennial makes a useful ground cover plant. Its leaves are copper-coloured when young, turning fresh green as they age. Pale to deep yellow flowers appear from mid-spring to early summer. These remind many gardeners of miniature aquilegias, thanks to their curved spurs. Found growing wild in Western China, it enjoys moist, well-drained soil in partial shade.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Epimedium

Species: davidii

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: September to November


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