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Epimedium x rubrum

Barrenwort

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Epimedium x rubrum

Plant details

Epimediums have heart-shaped leaves and a spreading habit, and work beautifully in shady, woodland borders.They are best used as ground cover plants beneath trees and shrubs.

Epimedium x rubrum bears bronze young leaves, which darken to red-brown in autumn. In late spring tiny, crimson and pale yellow flowers appear on wiry stems.

For best results grow Epimedium x rubrum in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Remove dead and damaged leaves before the flowers appear in spring, and apply a thick mulch of compost or leaf mould around the crown. Flowers do not need deadheading. Divide large clumps in autumn.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Epimedium

Species: rubrum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: September to November

Time to plant: March to November

Flowering period: April to May


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