Red Barrenwort (Epimedium alpinum 'Rubrum')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 8 to 12 inches (20-30cm)
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches (30-45cm)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Red and white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Parentage: Epimedium alpinum x E. grandiflorum

 4:03 pm. The stunning reddish leaves enclose light green veining

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 18, 2013 6:57 PM

This plant has been in my garden for several years. Always a pleasure to see in the spring. One of the first shade plants to show, and the leaves have a good color.
No need for extra care here.

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Posted by sherrilosee (Bloomington, IN - Zone 6a) on Aug 18, 2012 8:00 PM

Shade and drought tolerant - ALWAYS looks great!

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Posted by Mike (Lower Hudson Valley, New York - Zone 6b) on Aug 24, 2014 8:49 PM

I planted Red Barrenwort as a groundcover in the dappled shade of my New York garden under the canopy of a towering New Dawn climbing rose, where it was very slow to spread. It is semi-evergreen through the winter, but by early spring the leaves are dried, brown, and tattered-looking. For that reason they need to be cut back and removed for appearances' sake, before new foliage re-emerges. For a groundcover, this has seemed like high maintenance to me, but since it never really spread beyond the small space where I planted it, I came to think of it as just another perennial that needed an early spring clean-up as the new growing season began.

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Posted by CarolineScott (Calgary - Zone 4a) on Nov 23, 2016 9:20 AM

I did not know that the common name for Epimediums was Barrenwort-----
searching for Epimediums does not give me the Barrenwort data?
Is there a way to have the Latin names searchable too?

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