Barrenwort

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

Epimedium leptorrhizum leptorrhizum from Japan is a fairly hardy plant that enjoys growing in the shade. It's a spreading plant that likes moist soil with good drainage and it will benefit from the addition of some compost or leaf mould. The pink flowers have a delicate appearance, a hanging cross shaped bloom on a short stem. The leaves are large, heart shaped with prominent deep veins. The lower side of the leaves are covered in a white chalky coating. The foliage will be more attractive if the plant is in damp soil. Cut back the dead leaves to keep it looking at its best.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.12 - 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
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
  • Spreading
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
  • 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
  • Rock garden
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years