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Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade – Northwest

Fine Gardening – Issue 158

‘Sweetheart’ epimedium

Name: Epimedium × rubrum ‘Sweetheart’

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 16 inches tall and up to 2 feet wide

Conditions: Partial shade; well-drained soil

The large heart-shaped leaves of this epimedium are edged in red and emerge at the same time as the reddish flowers in midspring. The blooms last about two months, and the leaves remain showy all summer, finally taking on a burgundy hue in fall. This tough plant eventually forms a dense ground cover, suppressing weeds in the process. ‘Sweetheart’ epimedium is evergreen but looks tired at the end of winter, so clip the foliage back in early spring.

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