Epimedium x rubrum
Bishop's hat, red barrenwort
Perennial ground cover with heart-shaped leaves and sprays of small, rosy-red flowers in spring. The green leaves have a reddish tinge when young, turn more red in autumn and may persist as brown-red foliage during winter. Grows relatively slowly, spreading with underground rhizomes.
Prefers a moist, but well drained position in partial or full shade. Keep moist when young. Once established, Epimedium x rubrum tolerates dry conditions. Old leaves are best removed in spring or earlier so that the young foliage and flowers are better visible. Apply mulch or compost after removal of the foliage. Can be propagated by division.
Excellent ground cover for shady, dry areas such as beneath trees. Make sure to water the plant regularly until it is well established. Mine took a while to start growing, and at some point I thought it had died, until the young leaves emerged again in spring.
Type of plantHerbaceous - Perennial
Size20-30 cm tall, 50 cm wide
Landscape Useground cover, under-planting for trees, foliage colour
- Temperature: Hardy
- Light: Low Medium
- Moisture: Low Medium
- Soil: Medium Heavy
- Wind tolerance: Average