Epimedium versicolor Sulphureum
Barrenwort, Bishop's Hat
Height x Spread: 0.1 to 0.4m x 0.5 to 1.0m
Position: shade or partial shade
Soil: moist but well drained soil
Rate of growth: moderate
Flowering period: Spring
Hardiness: fully hardy
Epimediums are ideal ground cover plants for a moist woodland setting with their heart-shaped leaves which unfurl in spring with a rosy, marbled coloration that fades to green as summer approaches. The tiny, unusual flowers (Bishop’s Hats) are held above the previous seasons foliage on airy stems before the new leaves emerge. They are durable and long-lived, and can adapt to drier conditions once established, spreading slowly and steadily.
'Sulphureum' is a deciduous perennial, althougth it will often keep its leaves over winter, forming a clump of red-tinted, light green leaves turning green. Primrose-yellow flowers 2cm in width are carried in open sprays.
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