Joy Creek Nursery

322-023   Epimedium leptorrhizum     ( Barrenwort )

Epimedium leptorrhizum
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It is curious that the species name of Epimedium leptorrhizum refers to its slender rhizomes, which are more or less invisible, and not to its showy flowers or its dramatic foliage. Originally collected in 1898 and not fully described until 1933, it was only after its recent reintroduction by the great botanist Mikinori Ogisu that this epimedium entered into the trade. The thick evergreen leaves are narrow coming to a sharp tip. Their margins are spiny and they are deeply veined. The young foliage is bronze against red leaf stems but the leaves turn green as they mature. Showy, inch-and-a-half flowers are white flushed with pink.

Midspring to early summer.  5-12 in. x 18 in.

Pink flowers

Shade, Part Shade     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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