Growing Epimedium (Barrenwort)

Latin Name Pronunciation: ep-ee-mee'dee-um   

Epimedium features airy sprays of flowers on wiry stems in April–May, and bronzy foliage in spring. It is a clump-forming evergreen that spreads 4–6″ per year, to a width of about 12–36". Also called Bishop's Hat for its curious shape, this long-lived and adaptable plant makes an ideal ground cover for shady spots.

Grow Epimedium in part to full shade and loamy soil rich in organic matter. Space 12–15" apart. The rhizomes of Epimedium will spread underground. Prefers moist soil, but will tolerate dry shade. No serious pests or diseases.

Combine with Primula, Hostas, ferns, or Galium. Also works well in shady woodland gardens or as ground cover for shade.

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