Barrenwort

Epimedium x versicolor | Also known as: Bishop's hat, Epimedium sulphureum, Epimedium youngianum, Epimedium macranthum, | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

It's always autumn with the Epimedium x versicolor and it's gorgeous bronze foliage.

A popular plant in Japan, Epimedium x versicolor or Barrenwort is an easy plant to grow in the UK as well. In general a very hardy plant that can cope with the extremes of the British weather as long as you plant in a shaded or semi-shaded location. The foliage is lovely, with bronzed or red veined leaves. In the spring time it blooms with pinky-apricot coloured flowers that are both stunning and delicate at the same time. A good choice for the novice or time short gardener.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Brown or bronze
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-4
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 14 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • 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
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Rock garden
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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