Epimedium Wushan Fairy Wings

Epimedium Wushan Fairy Wings

Simple shade lover.

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A wow of a plant with spiny leaves and masses of rich, caramel flowers and soft cream sepals and flashes of purple and red. The long, spiny leaves are a glossy, and emerge with splashes of mahogany in spring, fading to emerald green in summer. The leaves form a dense mass, around 30cm x 30-50cm.

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.
Epimedium ‘Caramel’ is a Dr. M Ogisu introduction. It is argued it isn’t a true E. wushanense but the dispute is yet to be settled.
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 Barrenwort, Bishop’s Hats and Horny Goat Weed.

Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm



Botantical name

Epimedium wushanense






Spring to Summer


Cool to Mediterranean


Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Fully Hardy


Filtered Light

Supplied as



7.5 cm

Water needs