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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 'Akebono'

Epimedium 'Akebono'£5.00

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 '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'£5.00

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 'King Prawn'

Epimedium 'King Prawn'£8.00

An excellent hybrid from Julian Sutton with long spurred two-tone pale pink and warm pink flowers. Well patterned long evergreen leaves. 40cm. Good soil in shade.


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Epimedium alpinum

Epimedium alpinum£5.00

Semi-evergreen groundcover with sprays of small red and creamy flowers in spring. Pretty red mottled new foliage. More tolerant of dry shade than most other Epimediums. 30cm.


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Epimedium epsteinii

Epimedium epsteinii£6.00

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 'White Queen'

Epimedium grandiflorum 'White Queen'£5.00

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 membranaceum Og 93.047

Epimedium membranaceum Og 93.047£5.00

A recent introduction from China, this species has almost prickly evergreen foliage and very large, long spurred, light yellow flowers in late spring. Good soil in shade. New foliage is stunning with reddish patches on coppery green leaves.


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Epimedium pubescens seedling from Washfield

Epimedium pubescens seedling from Washfield£8.00

An un-named seedling from Elizabeth Strangman. Big arrow shaped leaves emerge rich coppery red alongside generous sprays of tiny white starry flowers. Good soil in shade. 40cm.


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Epimedium rhizomatosum

Epimedium rhizomatosum£5.00

A striking species only recently introduced to cultivation from Sichuan, China. Mid green leaves with fine toothing, semi-evergreen. Open sprays of very large pale yellow, spidery flowers in mid spring. 45cm. Good woodland soil in shade.


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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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Epimedium x versicolor 'Cherry Tart'

Epimedium x versicolor 'Cherry Tart'£5.00

A floriferous form with cheery light pink flowers with pinkish red insides and a yellow centre. Semi-evergreen with reddish winter foliage. 40cm. Decent soil in shade.


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Epimedium x versicolor 'Discolor'

Epimedium x versicolor 'Discolor'£5.00

Very attractive rusty red markings on light green new leaves in spring with pinkish red and light lemon yellow flowers to 30cm. Stunning! Ordinary soil in shade.


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Epimedium x versicolor 'Neosulphureum'

Epimedium x versicolor 'Neosulphureum'£5.00

Reliable clumps of evergreen foliage, the new growth marked with orange-red in spring. Lots of chunky bi-coloured cream and pale yellow flowers to 40cm in mid-spring. Shade, even dry if well prepared.


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Epimedium x youngianum 'Merlin'

Epimedium x youngianum 'Merlin'£5.00

Small clumps of delicate looking leaves with purple edging and sprays of box shaped flowers of a deep purple in mid spring. 25cm.


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Epimedium x youngianum 'Tamabotan'

Epimedium x youngianum 'Tamabotan'£5.00

Neat clumps producing short sprays of double-looking light pink shaded to near white flowers to 20cm in spring. Bronze flushed new foliage. Deciduous.


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