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Epimedium x cantabrigiense | Also known as: Fairy wings, Bishop's hat | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Epimedium x cantabrigiense is commonly known as Bishop's hat and is an attractive flowering plant that's useful too. It's good for ground cover and can help to control soil erosion. It has yellow flowers, tinged with pink. Unlike other epimediums, this species doesn't have any spurs. The leaves are glossy and grow on thin stems. They start life a bronze colour then turn green and they turn bronze again in the autumn before they fall from the plant. It prefers a shaded spot. It's a low maintenance plant that shouldn't give you too many problems in the garden. This hybrid was first discovered in 1950 growing in a garden in Cambridge.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
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
  • Variegated
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Colours
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Woodland
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years