In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Epimedium plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
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 divid in the spring or summer.
The Epimedium genus consists of 52 species.
Yes, Epimedium, commonly known as Barrenwort, is an excellent groundcover for shady areas and has attractive foliage and flowers.
Epimedium x versicolor and Epimedium grandiflorum are often grown by gardeners.
No, Epimedium plants are not known for their fragrance.
Epimedium prefers a shady location with moist, well-drained soil.
Currently, Epimedium is not considered invasive in the USA.
Epimedium can be removed by uprooting the plant, making sure to remove all roots to prevent regrowth.
The Epimedium genus, commonly known as Barrenwort or Bishop's Hat, contains about 60 species of flowering plants native to Asia and the Mediterranean region. These shade-loving perennials are grown for their delicate, often colorful foliage and small, graceful flowers that appear in spring.
Epimedium plants prefer partial to full shade and well-drained soil, ideally rich in organic matter. They can be grown from seeds or division. Perfect as ground cover plants for shady areas, they are also deer-resistant and drought-tolerant once established. They're often used in woodland gardens or grown under trees and shrubs.