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Epimedium pinnatum subsp. colchicum

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 Howard Rice, copyright GAP Photos (220193)

Plant details

Found growing wild in north-east Turkey, this handsome species forms clumps of tough, spiny, evergreen foliage. In mid- to late spring, it produces almost saucer-shaped, bright yellow flowers small dark red central petals. It makes a tough plant that is easy to grow. 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. For the best foliage, cut back old leaves in spring before new foliage appears.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Epimedium

Species: pinnatum

Cultivar: subsp. colchicum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: August to September


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