This was named for the near black foliage color which occurs with the onset of colder winter temperatures. Spring and summer foliage is typically green and about 10" tall. The flowers are held above the leaves in spring and are small stars of yellow with orange veins. Choice.
Our 2014 introduction from a cross between Epimedium grandiflorum 'Queen Esta' and E. acuminatum L575 with fine mauve-red flowers and fantastic new foliage vividly splashed in splatters of red. It is apparent we have watched too much CSI, Criminal Minds, True Blood and the odd, graphic Nature.
Fairy Wings Epimedium or Bishop's Cap. This is one of the most elegant of the numerous species and cultivars of Epimedium with long blade-like leaflets nicely colored when young and white flowers like drifting parachutes in a Lilliputian fantasy. Hails from China and a necessary addition to the shade garden.
Second generation seedlings from our collection on the Erlangshan in Sichuan in 2006. We were thrilled to find this very rare Epimedium - just 5 plants with ripe seed - growing on a shallow layer of moss and humus on a damp rock face. Yellow flowers from April to frost in our fertile and moist shade garden.
This chance garden seedling is a visual filibuster against tight control and a resounding oration espousing the joys of letting a little Nature have its way. Rich wine colored new growth is eloquent in the language of leaves and the deep rose flowers lit bright white on the interior seem to hold a note of color in the garden that lingers.
A fine selection of this deciduous Japanese species which was introduced by We-Du Nursery. Sizable flowers of rich purple are the hallmark of this plant and it more than holds it own against more recent hybrids. All Epimediums can't be painted with the same drought tolerant brush and this one appreciates more water than the real drought tolerant species.
The darkest purple Epimedium grandiflorum ever seen by Darrell Probst who is the world expert on the genus. Grows great in our shade garden - it is a dandy. Not a drought tolerant species.
Marvelous selection by Harold Epstein and named for his wife, this has some of the most opulently colored new growth which marries perfectly to the large purplish flowers. A deciduous species from Japan and an excellent garden plant that has no faults as far as we can tell.
Despite sounding like sneeze, a great Epimedium with large evergreen foliage beautifully salmon colored in spring. This pairs incredibly well with the large, long-spurred soft yellow flowers. This is quite cold tolerant with the foliage holding up quite well into the single digits in winter.
Nifty little species we salvaged out of plant collector Marian Raitz's garden when she moved. Low toothed leaves and nice mid-sized white flowers hazed lavender-pink. This will make a nice lower-than-most-Epimediums patch which works perfectly under low shrubs.
Quite an uncommon evergreen species in cultivation from Shaanxi and Sichuan possessing an impish charm to which few others in the genus can lay claim. A smaller species to 12" with cute rounded leaflets which subtend stems bearing rounded simple spurless flowers which are a soft yellow. Good drought tolerance on this winsome cutey,
A lucky chance seedling in the late Harold Epstein's garden which distinguishes itself by sporting new growth of deep chocolate purple. This color seems further intensified by the contrast of the large pink-cupped flowers with flaring spurs of pale pink to white. Deciduous species from Japan.
Our bud Darrell Probst gave us this awhile back as possibly a new species from Emeishan in Sichuan. Darrell is the world's Epimedium expert so we'll go along with his assessment. Similar to E. x omeiense and E. acuminatum in appearance with particularly good foliage and good purple/pale lavender flowers.
An Epimedium species of great merit and the Spiny Leaf Form from Darrell Probst puts this into the first rank of the evergreen species. Gorgeous big leaves richly bronze and captivating when young. This doesn't need to bloom to make us happy but the soft yellow flowers are welcome.
A Darrell Probst introduction which is superior to the typical x rubrum. This has dark rose-red flowers held above the foliage as well as below. The evergreen leaves are larger and more rounded than typical and when young are accented with a thin red rim. Drought tolerant.
Or Orange Queen in translation from the German. A tough and showy evergreen Epimedium whose tangerine flowers are among our favorites. This makes nice dense clumps which are fairly weed suppressive. Always a good thing.
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