Epimedium pinnatum
Garden Plant Information

Epimedium pinnatum

 

Name

Epimedium pinnatum (also called Barrenwort and Bishop's hat)

Genus  

Epimedium

Species

pinnatum

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Evergreen carpeting perennial grown for colour and ground cover.

Season of interest

Bright yellow flowers in spring.

Key horticultural features

  1. Clump forming ground cover. H & S: 30cm.

  2. Leaves hairy-edged, heart-shaped with pointed ends. Young leaves shaded with red/brown, older leaves mid-green.

  3. Stems thin and stiff, almost wiry looking, brown. Roundish, lumpy internodes.

  4. Flowers borne in sprays in early spring, bright yellow, cup-shaped, 5 sepals which are bent back from flower centre. 5 small inner petals.

Cultural details

Aspect

Shade, partial shade.

Soil

Humus rich, moisture retentive, well drained.

Hardiness

Fully hardy.

Maintenance

Cut back old leaves in spring before flowers and new foliage appear.

Propagation

Divide plants in August/September.