Fairy Wings

Epimedium pubigerum | Also known as: Barrenwort | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Somewhere there's a poor wingless fairy unable to fly.

As soon as you see the blooms of Epimedium pubigerum you’ll see why it’s also known as Fairy Wings. During the spring it blooms with delicate, wing-like flowers of yellow-cream, and these contrast beautifully against it’s bright green foliage. The leaves change colour to bronze-green during the autumn and winter, providing interest to your garden on a year round basis. Plant in a sheltered position as it is susceptible to strong winds, but this fragile little lady is happy in a full sunlight or partially shaded position. Easy to grow, it’s a great choice for a low maintenance garden.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.4 - 0.45
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • We love the dark
  • Colours
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Rock garden
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years