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Epimedium x rubrum (Red barrenwort)

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0.3m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Epimedium x rubrum

Other names

Red barrenwort, Epimedium alpinum 'Rubrum' , Epimedium rubrum

Genus

Epimedium Epimedium

Species

E. x rubrum - E. x rubrum is a herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped leaves and red and yellow flowers in spring held on wiry stems. Its leaves emerge red-tinted, age to green, then become flushed auburn in autumn.


Epimedium x rubrum is: Deciduous

Habit

Mat Forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Red, Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Flushed red in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Reddish-brown in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Vine weevil Slugs , Vine weevil

General care

Pruning

Remove foliage, even if green, in the winter so as to enable the arrival of the new leaves and flowers in spring. Keep tidy, removing old or dead foliage and flower stems by the end of autumn.

Propagation

Do in spring or autumn.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Epimedium x rubrum (Red barrenwort) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Woodland, Banks and Slopes, Rock

Cultivation

Heavily enrich soil pre-planting with organic matter and regularly after that. Prefers part-shade and shelter from cold, drying winds. Can tolerate some sun if soil is kept moist. In spring apply slow-release fertiliser.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Epimedium x rubrum

Other names

Red barrenwort, Epimedium alpinum 'Rubrum' , Epimedium rubrum

Genus

Epimedium Epimedium

Species

E. x rubrum - E. x rubrum is a herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped leaves and red and yellow flowers in spring held on wiry stems. Its leaves emerge red-tinted, age to green, then become flushed auburn in autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Mat Forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Red, Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Flushed red in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Reddish-brown in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Vine weevil

General care

Pruning

Remove foliage, even if green, in the winter so as to enable the arrival of the new leaves and flowers in spring. Keep tidy, removing old or dead foliage and flower stems by the end of autumn.

Propagation

Do in spring or autumn.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Epimedium x rubrum (Red barrenwort) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Woodland, Banks and Slopes, Rock

Cultivation

Heavily enrich soil pre-planting with organic matter and regularly after that. Prefers part-shade and shelter from cold, drying winds. Can tolerate some sun if soil is kept moist. In spring apply slow-release fertiliser.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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