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A picture of a Barrenwort

Barrenwort

Epimedium davidii

Also known as

Bishop's Hat, Fairy Wings, Bishop's mitre

Photo by CandideUK (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Barrenwort Overview

This is a clump forming evergreen, rhizomatous perennial with leaves divided into 3, occasionally 5. The leaves are copper when young, becoming fresh green later. Pale to deep yellow flowers, with curved yellow spurs, are produced from mid-spring to early summer.

Common problems with Barrenwort

How to propagate Barrenwort

Division

From ripe seed or division in spring or autumn.

Seed

Cuttings

Cut back old leaves in early spring.

Other uses of Barrenwort

Grown for their flowers are cup-shaped with long or short spurs. Makes good ground cover.