• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 1 ft. tall, spreads by underground stems.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Late spring to summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ep-i-MEE-di-um gran-di-FLOH-um
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 1 ft. tall, spreads by underground stems.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring to summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Design IdeasA rare groundcover because it flowers and loves shade! Plant in masses under larger woody plants or add to shaded corners of perennial plantings. Works very well under larger shade-tree canopies, where sunlight is limited.
    Companion PlantsSedge (Carex); Hosta (Hosta); Astilbe (Astilbe); Coral Bells (Heuchera hybrids); Soloman's Seal (Polygonatum); Snakeroot (Actaea simplex)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, neutral to acidic, well-drained soils. Best in shade or dappled morning sun with afternoon shade. Follow a regular watering schedule during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Prefers even moisture. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This plant is grouped into the barberry family, Berberidaceae. The genus was classified by Linnaeus who named it from an old Greek title to the plant used in Dioscorides's medical texts. Plants in this group have also been classified by French botanist Joseph Decasine, 1809-1822, under Aceranthus which has since been dropped from the references altogether. Epimedium contains about 21 species of herbaceous plants native to temperate regions of Europe and Asia. This is the most widely cultivated species which is native to a large range spanning Japan, Manchuria and Korea. This plant's rose coloring suggests it is likely a hybrid of E. grandiflorum and one or more of the following species, E. alpinum, E. pinnatum, or E. diphyllum

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