EPIMEDIUMS

GOING MAINSTREAM

EPI Sulphureum
sulphureum (yellow) IN SPRING, BUTTERCUP YELLOW BLOOMS LIKE TINY DAFFODILS IN A SPRAY OVER FOLIAGE STAINED A VIVID RED.
EPI warleyense
warleyense (dark orange
with yellow cup) An excellent medium sized species, it has intensely orange flowers that contrast perfectly with its deep green leaves.
American households are moving towards Epimediums for a reason. Epimediums typically provide the perfect low, slow-spreading foliage plant for shady areas. They bloom en masse in spring with sprays of small uniquely-shaped flowers in a wide variety of colors. The heart-shaped foliage often emerges with attractive patterns of bright red or deep purple, turning green for the summer.
Their ideal conditions are evenly moist, well drained soils in an area with dappled sun. But they are tough enough to take part sun, deep dry shade, and a variety of less than ideal soil conditions without hurting their aesthetic, only slowing their spread.
Nearly immortal once established, they can be kept in clumps or allowed to slowly expand and form a groundcover. The mats of foliage show none of the aggressive tendencies of most spreading plants.
New breeding is producing a lot more drama in this genus. A visit to the French breeder, Thierry Delabroye, showed us the future of Epimedium breeding. We should see even bigger plants with large flowers on long sprays and new ranges of color and form for both flower and foliage.
No longer content being put in a shady corner, these new Epimediums stand up and demand to be noticed! Interestingly, the common name, horny goat weed, refers to the same active ingredient as in male enhancement supplements.
EPI Lilafee
‘Lilafee’ (purple with light purple accents) True purple flowers traced in white
appear over a small plant in spring. This first flush is further complemented by
dark purple foliage.
EPI Pink Champagne
‘Pink Champagne’ (DEEP PINK CUP WITH LIGHT BLUSH ON THE SPURS) Heavy sprays of large bi-color pink flowers over an equally large plant. Speckled foliage in spring.
EPI Orange Queen
‘Orange Queen’ (yellow with red spurs) A CLOVER-SHAPED FLOWER IN SHADES OF YELLOW AND PEACH WITH RED-ORANGE ACCENTS. A MEDIUM SIZED PLANT WITH GREEN HEART-SHAPED LEAVES AND LIGHT MARKINGS.
EPI Pink Elf
‘Pink Elf’ (light pink with dark pink cup) Airy spikes of tiny flowers appear in masses of coppery-pink. Long, slender leaves emerge light chocolate on a large and vigorous plant.
EPI Amber Queen
‘Amber Queen’ (yellow with orange-tinged cup) Long spikes of large yellow/amber flowers suspended on black stems
appear almost to float above the
speckled foliage.
EPI Niveum
‘Niveum’ (pure white) Delicate, PORCELAIN WHITE flowers on our smallest Epimedium. An excellent choice for miniature gardens or anywhere it can be seen up close.
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