Bishop’s Hat, Longspur Epimedium
Ground covers, Perennials
Low growers with creeping underground stems. Thin, wiry leafstalks hold leathery leaves divided into heart-shaped leaflets 3–4 in. long. Foliage is bronzy pink in spring, green in summer, bronze in fall; even in deciduous species, leaves last late into the year. In spring, plants bear loose spikes of small, waxy flowers in pink, red, creamy yellow, or white. The flowers have four petals, which may be spurred or hooded, and eight sepals—four inner ones resembling petals and four (usually small) outer ones.
Use as a groundcover under trees or among rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias; set out plants 1 ft. apart. Good in large rock gardens and containers. Tolerate heavy shade. Foliage and flowers are long lasting in arrangements. Cut back in late winter before new growth resumes.Epimedium grandiflorum
From China, Korea, and Japan. This deciduous epimedium grows to about 1 ft. high. Relatively large blooms (to 2 in. across) are shaped like a bishop’s mitre, with red outer sepals, pale violet inner sepals, and white petals with long spurs. There are varieties with white, pinkish, or violet flowers
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