In autumn/winter the foliage of Epimedium ‘Thunderbolt’ turns a fantastic chocolate red with lightning bolts of green flashing across them. The colour matures to mahogany, even purple in the winter sun. The depth of the colour will vary with the amount of light, but none are disappointing.
The bright yellow flowers join the party in spring and last well. By this stage the leaves are becoming greener and the contrast is gorgeous.
Epimedium ‘Thunderbolt’ is wonderfully drought tolerant and doesn’t make too many demands. It is fast and vigorous and in the right conditions can expand up to 20cm a year, so an invaluable ground cover or filler for dry shade.
Epimediums are surprisingly easy to grow and are fantastic for planting beneath trees, in shaded borders, as shady ground covers, edging plants or in pots. They are wonderful value for money, require very little care and provide a lush foliage mound and the daintiest of flowers. We cannot sing their praises highly enough!
Epimediums are clump forming rhizomatous perennials native to woodland areas. They grow best in moist, humus rich, sandy soils. They are unlikely to thrive in alkaline conditions. Plant in a part shade to brightly light position. They are a rare find in Australian gardens, and we think that is a bit of a shame because they are so easy and so pretty. A rare get, you should grab them while you can.
Fertilise and mulch Epimediums in winter, they love the soil to be rich in composting leaves so don't hold back when they fall in autumn. Divide every 3-5 years and protect new foliage from slugs and snails, which is pretty much it.
It is a good idea to cut back your Epimedium foliage late winter or spring, to allow the new leaves and flowers to shine. Just as you would a Hellebore or Winter Rose. If you this time, the new growth will shine through in spring with fabulous marbling and streaking.
Epimediums are also known as Bishop’s Hats and Horny Goat Weed.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm
Cool to Temperate