Epimedium x rubrum

Epimedium x rubrum      Family: Berberidacaea
(ep-ih-MEE-dee-um ex ROO-brum)

Common name: red barrenwort; red bishop’s hat
Zone: 5 – 9
Height: 12-15 in (18-38cm) Spread: 12 in (30cm)
Aspect: partial shade; full shade
Soil: fertile; humus-rich; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: An evergreen perennial with a mounding, slow spreading habit. Red, bishop hat-shaped flowers appear at the top of spurs in mid- through late spring. Heart-shaped, dark green leaflets are flushed a deep bronze-red colour when they first appear during the flowering period, gradually losing the red flush as the season progresses. Leaves form a very pleasing evergreen mound.


Special Notes: Hybrid seedling from E. alpinum and E. grandiflorum. This plant is valued for its ability to thrive and prosper amongst the tough roots of mature trees. Cut the leaves back in late winter in order to view the fresh flush of flowers and allow for fresh new foliage growth. Fresh plant divisions will take up to two years to settle in. Propagate by division in autumn.


RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993; Great Plant Pick 2005


Posted on March 7, 2013