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Epimedium ‘Pretty in Pink’ (Barrenwort)

Barrenwort 'Pretty in Pink', Bishop's Hat 'Pretty in Pink', Bishop's Mitre 'Pretty in Pink', Fairy Wings 'Pretty in Pink'

Epimedium Pretty in Pink, Barrenwort 'Pretty in Pink', Bishop's Hat 'Pretty in Pink', Bishop's Mitre 'Pretty in Pink', Fairy Wings 'Pretty in Pink', Shade Plants, Shade Perennials, Pink Flowers, Groundcovers, Ground Cover
Epimedium Pretty in Pink, Barrenwort 'Pretty in Pink', Bishop's Hat 'Pretty in Pink', Bishop's Mitre 'Pretty in Pink', Fairy Wings 'Pretty in Pink', Shade Plants, Shade Perennials, Pink Flowers, Groundcovers, Ground Cover
Epimedium Pretty in Pink, Barrenwort 'Pretty in Pink', Bishop's Hat 'Pretty in Pink', Bishop's Mitre 'Pretty in Pink', Fairy Wings 'Pretty in Pink', Shade Plants, Shade Perennials, Pink Flowers, Groundcovers, Ground Cover

Epimedium ‘Pretty in Pink’ (Barrenwort) is an evergreen, rhizomatous perennial with attractive heart-shaped leaves that emerge bronze-purple in spring, gradually aging to bright green for the summer, and then back to bronze-purple in fall. In mid to late spring, open sprays of rose pink flowers, adorned with long white spurs and deeper rose centers, 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. Prized for its easy-care, durability and critter resistance, this dappled-shade loving plant is capable of surviving in dry shade. Perfect for erosion control, in shady rock gardens or planted under mature trees, this beautiful Epidemium grandiflorum hybrid will slowly spread by creeping rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover.

  • Grows up to 18 in. tall (45 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in average, neutral to 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.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Rabbit and deer resistant.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, underplanting shrubs and roses, cottage gardens or woodland gardens. Excellent as a ground cover.
  • 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 5 - 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
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade, Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Epimedium x omeiense ‘Rigoletto’ (Barrenwort)
Epimedium ‘Songbirds’ (Barrenwort)
Epimedium ‘Spine Tingler’ (Barrenwort)
Epimedium wushanense ‘Sandy Claws’ (Barrenwort)
Epimedium ‘Kaguyahime’ (Barrenwort)
Epimedium ‘Akebono’ (Barrenwort)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 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
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade, Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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