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Epimedium × warleyense 'Orangekönigin' (Barrenwort)

Barrenwort ''Orangekönigin'', Bishop's Hat ''Orangekönigin'', Bishop's Mitre ''Orangekönigin'', Fairy Wings ''Orangekönigin', Epimedium pubescens 'Orange Queen', Epimedium × cantabrigiense ORANGE QUEEN


Reliable and long-lived, Epimedium × warleyense 'Orangekönigin' or 'Orange Queen' (Barrenwort) is an evergreen perennial making a carpet of heart-shaped, medium green leaves with bold red edges in spring. Quite ornamental, the foliage gradually turns mid-green for the summer, before turning bronze with red tones in fall. In mid to late spring, clouds of small, pale coppery orange flowers dance on wiry stems just above the unfurling foliage. Their rounded sepals stand wide open around the small yellow petals that surround bright yellow stamens. Although this Epimedium is slow-growing, it makes a good groundcover and is perfect for dry shade under trees.

  • Grows up to 8-10 in. tall (20-30 cm) and 12-16 in. wide (30-40 cm).
  • 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, shade gardens. 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Epimedium - Barrenworts
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" – 10" (20cm – 25cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 16" (40cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Epimedium - Barrenworts
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" – 10" (20cm – 25cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 16" (40cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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