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Red epimedium, red barrenwort, bishop’s hat

Epimedium × rubrum

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Early in the season, the thin, heart-shaped leaves of this plant have a red tinge, which turns to bronze in fall. Plant red epimedium along a path, where its delicate foliage and tiny spring flowers can be admired. -Marty Hair, Regional Picks: Upper Midwest, Fine Gardening issue #127

CareFertile, moist, well-drained soil. Cut back the old foliage in late winter.

Propagation By division.

ProblemsNo serious problems. 

  • Genus : Epimedium
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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