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Notes About :Epimedium

EPIMEDIUM BARRENWORT, BISHOP'S HAT. Excellent groundcovers or specimen plants, depending on the growth rate. For shade under trees and shrubs. Drought tolerant once established, they perform well in dry shade like almost no other plant. E.grandiflorum needs more moisture in less shady areas. We have more in the collection and we'll add to the list as they become available.

Pot Size Zone ? Bloom Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
3 1/2" 5 April-May - 12-15" $20.00  
The darkest selection of this evergreen species with medium-sized flowers. The inner petals are long-spurred and strongly arched inward, of a rich purple-violet, set off by pale pink sepals on the outside. For us it has proven to be not only a heavy bloomer, but also a good rebloomer: we seem to have flowers off and on throughout summer and fall among the crop. Clumping.

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4" 5 April-May - 12-18" $15.00  
An extremely floriferous hybrid, rarely in trade, with narrow, evergreen foliage and clumping habit. The flowers are much like E. acuminatum; pale pink sepals with purple petals and simply tons of them. For well drained soil.

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4" 6 April-May - 8-12" $13.50  
We received this one form Norm and Debbie of Arbutus Gardens. The plant tag said: "Miss-identified in a collection of Epimedium zhushanense from China, this may be either a new species or a naturally occurring hybrid". Norm tells me that It has grown well in the ground, with durable evergreen foliage and attractive large flowers. In comparison with "true" zhushanense, the flowers are very near identical (though a shade lighter purple), as is the foliage, but the plant produces fairly long rhizomes where the "true" is strongly clumping. In Norm's experience this selection seems to be not as winter hardy for cold climates, so we put it in zone 6.

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4" 5 April-May - 8-12" $13.50  
An intriguing selection done by Diana Reeck, from a batch of E. grandiflorum seedlings. The leaves are chocolate brown in spring, turning green in the center and leaving a distinctive brown edge, lasting into summer. A perfect backdrop for the milky white, medium-sized flowers. Clumping and deciduous.

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4" 5 April-May - 12-18" $11.00  
A very floriferous selection with medium-sized, soft rose-pink flowers. This doesn't sound impressive but if you think of it, there aren't many in this color group since the aim in hybridizing is usually dark colors. Foliage is light green and winter dormant, after gorgeous red fall color, I might add. Clumping.

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4" 4 April-May - 15-20" $11.00  
[Sometimes listed as youngianum Hybrid] Gorgeous selection with dark pink flowers, fading to white toward the center. Petals and sepals are almost the same length, lending it a double appearance. Drought tolerant once established.

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4" 5 April-May - 6-8" $12.50  
One of the shortest species but also bearing one of the largest flowers in the genus. What a winning combo for owners of small gardens. The flowers are almost 2" across, pale lavender-pink, against maroon mottled foliage. It will turn dark green later and stay through the winter. For well drained soil, clumping.

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4" 5 April-May - 16-24" $15.00  
Receive as such but apparently something different. Still, a rarely encountered evergreen species with deep green foliage turning red in winter. A wonderful contrast to the large, long spurred, pale pinkish-ochre flowers, up to 30 per stem.

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3-1/2" 5 April-May - 12-15" $12.00  
A showy species with large deep yellow flowers and curiously small red inner sepals. The flowers are on dark stems, held well above the evergreen foliage, which is bronze tinged when new. Performs best in a moist soil, where it's proven to be a good re-bloomer. Clumping.

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3 1/2" 5 April-May - 6-10" $15.00  
The ideal plant for the fairy garden, with low mounds of small, dark evergreen leaves. The deep yellow flowers are held well above the foliage. Clumping.

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3-1/2" 5 April-May - 8-12" $10.00  
Still very rare in cultivation and equally unusual. The bright lemon flowers have such short spurs, they look like bells. The semi-evergreen foliage is shiny and heavily toothed, looking much like that of E. pauciflorum.

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4" 5 April-May - 12-15" $18.00  
[E. dolichostemon x E. leptorrhizum] This is one of the few survivors of our initial collection we brought along in 1998 when we moved from good ol' Switzerland. Unfortunately, we lost most others to a certain slow release fertilizer, whose name shouldn't be mentioned here. We're glad 'Enchantress' is among the lucky ones; we got her personally in 1996 from Elisabeth Strangman, whose hybrid it is. 'Enchantress' grows in slow spreading mounds of light green, evergreen foliage, which turns to great red-toned fall color. The flowers are medium-sized; silver-pink with a darker center.

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4" 5 April-May - 12-18" $18.00  
An unique and unusual evergreen, clumping species with loads of delicate flowers. The pale lavender sepals are long, very narrow and reflexed, contrasting the shorter dark lavender spurs. Just to add balance, long stamen are protruding downwards from the center.

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4" 5 April-May - 12-18" $15.00  
An eye-catching hybrid (E. davidii x E. leptorrhizum) with extra large (1 1/2 to 2") bi-colored flowers; pink sepals, creamy-yellow cup fading to white into the long spurs. They are held well above the foliage, which is purple tinted in spring during bloom time and green the rest of the year. Slow spreading.

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4" 5 April-May - 15-18" $18.00   Sold Out
One of my very favorites and I'm surprised this fine hybrid from Darrell Probst doesn't get more attention (You and I can change that!). It has it all. First I noticed the gorgeous fall/winter foliage in rich plum-chocolate. The flowers consist of richly colored outer sepals, of which the long, creamy-yellow spurs protrude. All this comes with a good, above average drought tolerance. Semi-evergreen and clumping.

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4" 5 April-May - 12-18" $15.00  
A total standout among the lot, with large bright pink flowers. While cup and sepals are of a bright cherry-pink, the spurs fade out into white. To add even more contrast, the leaves are purple tinted in spring. Clumping and winter dormant.

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4" 5 April-May - 12-18" $25.00   Sold Out
We were lucky to get one of these from Norm and Debbie of Arbutus Gardens, as this fine selection almost vanished from the trade. They had received it from Dan Hinkley's Heronswood Nursery, and this is what he (Dan) said in his 2003 catalog: "I purchased this yellow flowering species from Japan in 1997 under the name of E. chlorandrum, and it certainly represents a wild Chinese species. Later identified as E. franchetii, we have given it a clonal name to distinguish it from the other E. franchetii we cultivate. The long and elegant evergreen foliage emerges with coppery tones while the numerous large-spurred yellow flowers are carried on tall stems to 2ft. This succeeds well in a somewhat droughty full-sun position along our upper drive, though would be equally content in a more shaded site in humus-rich soil." According to Norm, 'Gotemba' is more drought tolerant and the leaves evergreen to colder temps than the species.

Pot Size Zone ? Bloom Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
4" 5 April-May - 12-15" $9.00  
Unlike "regular" E. grandiflorum which are clumping, this one spreads by short rhizomes. Relatively large creamy-yellow flowers above red-flushed foliage. Deciduous.

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3 1/2" 5 April-May - 8-12" $8.00  
A very showy, floriferous species with large, long spurred lilac-flushed flowers. Foliage is bronze tinted in spring, orange in fall. Deciduous and clumping. Great for dry shade. Well drained soil.

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4" 5 April-May - 8-12" $13.50  
Gorgeous chocolate-purple foliage which will turn green by end of spring. The typical large flowers are bi-color purple and white, in excellent contrast to the dark leaves.

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3 1/2" 5 April-May - 12-15" $20.00  
A selection made by Deb and Norm of Arbutus Gardens. If there wouldn't be so many other contenders, this would easily be my favorite but it definitely ranks top. Besides being one of the darkest if not the darkest, the dark purple is rather bright as opposed to dull. This makes it more pleasant and colorful. Furthermore, the bloom season is on the late side but still lasts longer than average. But I'm not done yet; for even more contrast and cheer, the foliage is decidedly on the bright side, too. May the 4th be with you!

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4" 5 April-May - 10-12" $15.00  
An abundance of flowers brings forth this fairly new variety, originating from the the garden of Harold Epstein no less. It has lavender flowers with white spur tips. The leaves are edged in purple, transitioning to green toward the center, where the whole leaf is highlighted by a light green net of veins, posing as a colorful backdrop. Semi-evergreen and spreading.

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3 1/2" 4 April-May - 8-12" $8.00  
[Syn. 'Lilac Fairy'] Same flower shape as species with masses of violet-purple flowers. New leaves are purple tinted, Fall colors are a blend of crimson to dark purple, rather colorful. Great for dry shade. Well drained soil.

Pot Size Zone ? Bloom Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
4" 5 April-May - 15" $10.00  
Some of the biggest flowers in the grandiflorum group, opening within the emerging foliage. Some flowers will be hidden later in the season, but their size will make up for it. Clumping and deciduous.

Pot Size Zone ? Bloom Season Exposure Height Price Quantity
4" 4 April-May - 12-15" $15.00  
The richest purple in E. grandiflorum thus far, with medium sized flowers. Blooms with a height of about 10", the second flush of leaves can reach 18". Clumping and winter dormant.

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