The red and gold flowers proliferate from early spring. The blooms have a copper glow really dazzles.
The evergreen leaves of Warley Epimedium have a red blush on emergence in spring, aging to deep green over summer, then turning a handsome bronze for winter. It makes a fantastic ground cover with a slow and steady pace.
This cross was discovered growing in a garden in the 1930’s, a naturally occurring cross in Ellen Willmot's garden in Warley Place, Essex, England. The plants are self fertile, so if you are growing a few different types, any seedlings that pop up will be all new, who knows one day you may have one named after you! This is a cross of E. alpinum and E. pinnatum subsp. colchicum.
Epimediums have a lot to offer, and the prosper in the most inhospitable of conditions, dry shade. They are clump forming, rhizomatous perennials native to woodland areas. They grow best in humus rich, well drained soils. Plant in a part shade to filtered light position.
Epimediums are good for planting beneath trees or shrubs such as Hydrangeas, in shaded borders, as shady ground covers or, in well cared for pots.
Fertilise and mulch Epimediums in winter, they love the soil to be rich in composting leaves so don't hold back with dumping them on when they fall in autumn. They spread by underground rhizomes, at a moderate rate, it is no brute. Divide your Epimedium clumps every 3-5 years and don’t forget to protect new foliage from the threat of slugs and snails.
Cut back your Epimedium foliage late winter or spring, to allow the new leaves and flowers to shine, just as you would a Hellebore/Winter Rose.
Epimediums are also known as Bishop’s Hats and Horny Goat Weed.