Bishops hat

Epimedium × rubrum

Bishops hat - Epimedium × rubrum

Common Name: Bishops hat
Genus: Epimedium
Species: ◊ rubrum

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Bronze, GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Pretty and versatile with distinctive heart-shaped leaves and a spreading habit epimediums bring lightness and airiness to a shady border. The young leaves of this variety are bronze-tinted and turn reddish-brown in autumn. In late spring a froth of tiny crimson and pale yellow flowers appear suspended on wiry stems. Slow to spread it makes a good groundcover plant for shady areas or under deciduous trees.

  • Garden care: In early spring remove dead and damaged leaves before the flowers appear and apply a thick mulch of compost or well-rotted compost around the crown of the plant. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.


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