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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
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Other common names
barrenwort 'William Stearn'
Epimedium are rhizomatous perennials with evergreen or deciduous, ternately or pinnately divided leaves, and open sprays of small, bowl-shaped flowers, often with prominent spurs, in mid to late spring
A clump-forming rhizomatous perennial 18-30cm high, with evergreen leaves divided into heart-shaped leaflets which emerge mottled and splashed with dark red and mature to green, and very dark red flowers with pale pink spurs tipped with yellow, in spring; Epimedium leaves may be used for their nests by leaf-cutting bees
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade, with shelter from cold, drying winds; where frosts are prolonged or severe, spread an organic mulch such as leaf mould or composted bark to protect plants over winter
Propagate by division in autumn or after flowering; or by root cuttings of rhizomes, kept under glass in winter, and planted out after all danger of frost has passed
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Low Maintenance Garden Edging Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs
Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens
Pruning No pruning required, but cutting back in late winter or early spring, before flower spikes form, will improve appearance
Pests May be affected by vine weevil
May be affected by mosaic virus diseases and fungal leaf spots
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