Category Archives: Epimediums

What is so fascinating about these plants? Their flowers are rather small and they certainly aren’t very flashy! Maybe it is because they bloom just when I am heartily sick of winter, or that they are very easy keepers. I suspect the main reason is the rarity of some of the varieties, which challenges me to hunt them down!

Epimedium x youngianum ‘Azusa’

Epimedium x youngianum 'Azusa'

Crosses of garden origin between Epimedium diphyllum, and E. grandiflorum, both from Japan, are collectively called Epimedium x youngianum, and there are many fine ones. ‘Azusa’ has fat little white blooms that appear in profusion in early to mid April. A smallish-growing plant to 10 in. high and 12 in tall.

Epimedium wushanense ‘Caramel’ Seed Strain

Epimedium x 'Caramel Strain'

A friend of mine once showed me an enormous epimedium leaf from one of his prized possessions, E. wushanense, a species native to China’s Sichuan province. Since then, I have coveted one. ‘Caramel’ is a pale, unsatisfying plant in comparison. Though it has charm in its own right, the stature and leaf texture is nothing […]

Epimedium grandflorum ‘Lilafee’

Epimedium grandflorum 'Lilafee'

Epimedium grandiflorum made quite a stir when it was first introduced to Europeans in 1830. The huge flowers with their dramatic spider-like spurs were far more impressive than those of E. alpinum, the only species known to them at the time. It is native to Japan, and was collected by the Dutchman, Philipp Franz von […]

Epimedium davidii

Epimedium davidii

Collected in the mountains of Western China in the 1800s by the famous plantsman Armand David, E. davidii is a cheerful, easy and obliging plant. Lovely clear yellow blooms continue over a very long season, and even in mid-summer, its not unusual to come across yet another spray of cheerful yellow. The habit is low […]

Epimedium x acuminatum ‘Rainbow Shades’

Epimedium x acuminatum 'Rainbow Shades'

From a unique collection of widely diverse seedlings bred by Northwest Garden Nursery, this one sports the mottling inherent to the species. Best grown in light to full shade with regular water.

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