Bishop's hat

Epimedium alpinum | Also known as: Alpine barrenwort, Barrenwort, Bishop's hat, Fairy wings | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Called Bishop's Hat because a Bishop accidently put one on his head once.

A native of Southern Europe, Epimedium alpinum is a small and delicate evergreen plant. The cross shaped flowers are a deep red and yellow colour. The green leaves are made of pointed heart-shaped leaflets. They start out life a pinkish colour, they then turn green and finally a dark bronze red in the autumn. It grows well in partial or even full shade; a great way to add a little colour to a dull shaded area of the garden. It's an easy plant to grow, with a good tolerance for rocky and dry soils and also for drought.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.15 - 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
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
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H9-4
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 14 - 150
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
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