Members of the Epimedium genus are perennials that vary in height from 15 to 45 cm.
They have nice looking heart shaped leaves, and come into bloom from late spring to early summer carrying racemes of pink, white, red, or yellow complexed flowers.
Their size makes them ideal for use in a rock garden or as ground cover. Common names for Epimedium include Barrenwort, Fairy wings, and Bishop's hat.
Epimedium photograph by sonyaseattle.
Epimedium Leaf picture by MeganEHansen.
Members of the Epimedium genus such as Barrenwort should be grown from divided plants or purchased from garden centres. They should be grown in an area of the garden that is shady and has good drainage.
They prefer to grow in a soil that is organic, moist and slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.5 to 7) in nature. They should be spaced at about 20 to 30 cm apart, and are very slow growing, so may take many years until their beauty shows through.
Epimedium plants requires watering during prolonged dry spells, and should be cut back in the early spring, so that only nice strong growths remain.
If you require more plants then they can be divided in the spring or summer.
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