Epimedium davidii

epimedium

fairy wings

bishop's hat

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Dainty, sunshine yellow flowers with red tepals in springtime on elongated stems. The evergreen foliage has spiny leaf edges and may be tinged red when it first emerges. A lovely species from the wilds of China.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: yellow

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

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: dainty spring flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Culture Notes
Grows best in rich, well-drained soil in light to open shade; morning sun and afternoon shade is excellent. May bloom fine in dappled shade as well. 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.