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Epimedium grandfiflorum 'Rose Queen'

Barrenwort

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Epimediums have been popular in Japan for many years but are now beginning to increase in popularity with UK gardeners. They are generally hardy and enjoy a spot in dappled shade with moist, well-drained soil and regular mulching with garden compost or leaf mould. This species does best in acid soil. For the best foliage, cut back old leaves in spring before new foliage appears. 'Rose Queen' has been given the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit. It forms clumps of heart-shaped, pale green leaves, which are bronze-purple when young. In mid- to late spring, it produces purple and white flowers.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Epimedium

Species: grandfiflorum

Cultivar: Rose Queen

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: August to September


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