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Epimedium pinnatum

Barrenwort

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

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. For the best foliage, cut back old leaves in spring before new foliage appears. E. pinnatum is not often seen in cultivation. It is native to northern Iran and was introduced to Britain in 1849. It bears canary-yellow flowers, in late spring, that have tiny purple spurs. The leaves are heart-shaped with spiny edges.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Epimedium

Species: pinnatum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark 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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