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Herbaceous Perennial

Epimedium perralderianum

E. perralderianum is a slowly-spreading, evergreen perennial growing to 30cm tall. Each leaf has three glossy, oval leaflets with spiny margins that are tinted bronze when young, aging to a darker green. Up to 25 small, bright yellow flowers are held on stems just above the foliage in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Bronze Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Berberidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
N Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade; shelter from cold, dry winds. Copes well with dry and open positions when well-established

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

Cut back old foliage in late winter or early spring before new flower stems emerge for the best display of new foliage and flowers

Pests

May be attacked by vine weevil

Diseases

May be affected by a virus

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