Epimedium epsteinii

epimedium

fairy wings

bishop's hat

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Plentiful bi-color flowers of white and maroon float amidst elongated heart-shaped leaves which emerge in colorful shades of red or buff overlaid with a bronze flush. The foliage eventually morphs to green as spring progresses and is evergreen through the winter.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 10 in. (0.24 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: morning sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: dainty spring flowers with colorful new foliage

Wildlife Associations: bees

Culture Notes
Grows best in rich, well-drained soil in light to open shade; morning sun and afternoon shade is excellent. Water regularly – at least once a week – or more frequently for lush, robust plants. This species has evergreen foliage which typically looks good through the winter; however, for ease of maintenance cut the leaf stems to the ground in late winter or early spring before the flowering stems begin to emerge.