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Epimedium

Wonderful woodlanders with spring flowers and good foliage at almost any time of year. Some incredibly tough plants that look incredibly dainty and a few that do need cossetting.

Many view Epimedium as dull, Victorian, shade plants but following the many recent introductions from Asia in recent years and the inevitable raft of hybrids that have occurred in cultivation since they are anything but dull now.  Many of the new introductions have brought a range of interesting foliage shapes as well as some amazing flower types including  long spurred and clouds of tiny flowers.

Most forms of Epimedium are easy to grow in a shady border requiring little more than a decent, humusy soil that doesn't dry out too much in summer.  The older deciduous and semi-deciduous types do benefit from having the previous year's foliage sheared off in late winter to display the spring flowers but do not be tempted to cut back the evergreen foliage of the new Asian types in the same way, they have a habit of dropping dead if you do!

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Epimedium 'Black Sea'

Epimedium 'Black Sea'£5.00

Clumps of large foliage, mid green in summer and deep blackish in winter. Sprays of light yellow flowers to 45cm in spring. Good soil in shade.


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Epimedium 'Buckland Spider'

Epimedium 'Buckland Spider'£4.00

A cracking long-spurred E. grandiflorum x E. koreanum hybrid with rich purple pink flowers with pale, almost white spurs. Flowers up to 4cm across in spring. Deciduous. 25cm. Good woodland soil in shade.


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Epimedium 'Jean O'Neill'

Epimedium 'Jean O'Neill'£8.00

A new hybrid from Spinners. The long spurred, spidery, flowers are an undescribable pale greenish buff-pink! Evergreen here so don't cut it back, the flowers and new foliage will appear just above the old in spring. Good leafy soil in shade. 30cm.


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Epimedium chlorandrum

Epimedium chlorandrum£8.00

Long spurred flowers of light greenish yellow on airy stems to 60cm in spring. Striking evergreen foliage in a light green shade. Don't cut back the foliage before flowering. Recent species from China.


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Epimedium epsteinii

Epimedium epsteinii£5.00

Found in Hunan, China in 1994 this lovely, rare species has short stems bearing sprays of largish (up to 3cm) flowers, this sepals white and the petals a rich purple-brown. Slowly creeping clumps to perhaps 15cm high. Good woodland soil in shade.


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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Akebono'

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Akebono'£4.00

Pretty palest pink flowers in generous sprays in spring. Red-purple margins to the deciduous foliage. Neat clumps to 30cm for good soil in shade.


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Epimedium grandiflorum 'White Queen'

Epimedium grandiflorum 'White Queen'£4.00

One of the best white flowered Epimediums, this neat clump forming cultivar is semi-evergreen with good autumn foliage. Sprays of chunky white flowers in spring to 40cm. Average to good soil in shade.


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Epimedium leptorrhizum

Epimedium leptorrhizum£4.50

A stunning long-spurred species relatively recently introduced. Semi-evergreen textured leaves are long and pointed, sprays of large pale pink flowers in spring to 30cm. Good woodland soil in shade.


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Epimedium pauciflorum

Epimedium pauciflorum£4.50

Slowly spreading clumps of elegant leaves and sprays of white (or palest pink) flowers in early spring. Semi-evergreen for us, don't cut back before flowering. 20cm.


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Epimedium wushanense

Epimedium wushanense£8.00

A striking Chinese species making good clumps of narrow jagged leaves and tall stems with masses of long-spurred pale yellow flowers potentially to 1m but normally 60cm. Good soil in shade.


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Epimedium x omeiense 'Stormcloud' Og 82.002

Epimedium x omeiense 'Stormcloud' Og 82.002£8.00

Difficult to describe as the flower colour varies considerably from sun to shade! In shade it is a dull brown-purple, in sun rich reddish fading to yellow spur tips. Big flowers to 4.5cm across on stems to 45cm. Good soil in shade.


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