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Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Rose Queen’ (Barrenwort)

Barrenwort 'Rose Queen', Bishop's Hat 'Rose Queen', Bishop's Mitre 'Rose Queen', Fairy Wings 'Rose Queen'

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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Rose Queen', Barrenwort 'Rose Queen', Bishop's Hat 'Rose Queen', Bishop's Mitre 'Rose Queen', Fairy Wings 'Rose Queen', Shade Plants, Shade Perennials, Pink Flowers, Groundcovers, Ground Cover

Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Rose Queen’ (Barrenwort) is an evergreen rhizomatous perennial with attractive, heart-shaped, pointed leaves that emerge bronze-purple in spring, gradually aging to dark green for the summer, and then back to bronze-purple in fall. In mid to late spring, open sprays of bright rosy-pink flowers, 2.5 in. across (3.5 cm), adorned with long white spurs, hover on the ends of wiry stems, well above the foliage. Though the flowers may only last for a few weeks, the lovely foliage will captivate interest all season long. Perfect as a ground cover, for erosion control, in shady rock gardens, as edging, and planted under mature trees.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 8-10 in. tall (20-25 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Will spread by creeping rhizomes to form attractive colonies over time.
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in average, acidic, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Humus-rich, fertile, moist soils in part shade are preferred. Drought tolerant once established. Protect from cold, dry winds.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Rabbit and deer tolerant.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens, shade gardens or containers. Excellent as a groundcover.
  • Propagate by division in fall or after flowering.
  • Cut back old foliage in late winter or early spring for the best display of new foliage and flowers.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 2 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Berberidaceae
Genus Epimedium
Common names Barrenwort, Epimedium, Fairy Wings
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade, Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Epimedium ‘Spine Tingler’ (Barrenwort)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 2 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Berberidaceae
Genus Epimedium
Common names Barrenwort, Epimedium, Fairy Wings
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade, Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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