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Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum'

Barrenwort

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Autumn colour, 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. For the best foliage, cut back old leaves in spring before new foliage appears. 'Sulphureum' is a vigorous selection of the original cross, growing up to 90cm (3ft) wide. The leaves are beautifully veined with bronze, and then in autumn they become veined with deep red. New leaves are produced on colourful red stems. The deep yellow flowers are produced in spring. These look particularly attractive when set off by blue-flowered wood anemones, pulmonarias and brunneras.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Epimedium

Species: x versicolor

Cultivar: Sulphureum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: August to September

Flowering period: March to April


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