Epimediums are valued for both their foliage and flowers, making useful groundcover in dappled or deep shade. The heart-shaped leaves provide texture and varying colours through the seasons, while the dainty, star-like flowers add extra interest in spring.
Epimediums are low-growing, deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen plants with heart-shaped leaves that may be tinted or veined with red or bronze hues. In spring, small, dainty, star-like flowers, in a choice of colours, hang from slender branched stems.
Epimediums do well in a sheltered, shady or partially shaded location. Some need a moist but not waterlogged soil, while others are happy in drier conditions.
Most epimediums won’t grow well in open, sunny sites, especially with dry soil.
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Epimediums may not be bold and showy, but they have a delicate, demure charm that belies their resilience. Particularly prized are those that can thrive in dry shade under trees, such as yellow-flowered Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’.
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