Bishop's Mitre (Epimedium leptorrhizum)

Botanical names:
Epimedium leptorrhizum Accepted
Epimedium brachyrrhizum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 inches (15-30cm)
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Deciduous in colder zones, 5 and 6.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Inflorescence Height: 10 to 12 inches (25-30cm)
Foliage Mound Height: 6 to 8 inches (15-20cm)
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Division best done in early spring or fall.

Evergreen Chinese species, top view, large silvery pink flowers,

Photo gallery:

Posted by AntMan01 (Massachusetts - Zone 5a) on Feb 25, 2018 11:11 AM

Cultural hint & synonymy note: Recently taxonomists have lumped Epimedium brachyrrhizum into leptorrhizum, even when acknowledging the fact brachyrrhizum is a "clumper" with short rhizomes, whereas leptorrhizum is a fast spreading "ground cover" with long narrow annually expanding rhizomes. The former brachyrrhizum slowly builds into a domed clump, safe to grow amongst other well-behaved perennials and shade plants, whereas leptorrhizum grows much lower but spreading far and wide into a groundcover, and should only be planted where plenty of room is afforded. The distinct plant habits and growing considerations will become blurred over time when both plants are considered but one entity. I hope that helps. All the photos by me (Antman01) show the clumping Epimedium brachyrrhizum plant.

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