Barrenwort

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens | Also known as: Fairy wings, Bishop's hat Epimedium koreanum | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

It's true, this is where Fairies get there wings.

A native of Korea, Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens has attractive foliage, arrow-head shaped leaves, green, flushed with purple, red or copper, especially around the edges. The delicate flowers are a pale creamy yellow and hang underneath the mass of foliage. These ethereal flowers are the reason this species also goes by the name of Fairy wings. It's a good plant for ground cover in a shaded moist area of the garden. It will also prefer acidic soil and will grow well in the shade of trees as it has quite good drought tolerance.

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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
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Brown or bronze
Foliage in summer
  • Brown or bronze
Foliage in Autumn
  • Brown or bronze
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
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Rock garden
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years