Bishop's Mitre

Epimedium x perralchicum | Also known as: Barrenwort | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Your garden will definitely not look barren if you plant the pretty little barrenwort.

Bishop’s Mitre or, to give it its official name, Epimedium x perralchicum, is a delightful evergreen that bears beautiful yellow flowers during the months of spring. These bloom in sprays, making a wonderful early season display of colour in the garden. Very hardy, this is a great plant for those looking for a low-maintenance addition. A very hardy little number, although plant in a sheltered, partially shaded position for the very best results.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.4
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
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
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 120
  • 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
  • Author's choice
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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