The fairy like flowers dance above the foliage on airy stems from spring. The flowers are a stunning blend of cream, cherry red and gold.
The new spring leaves of Epimedium ‘Akane’ have a deep red to purple mottling, mature to a glossy, mid green in summer, then deepen to mahogany again in autumn.
Dry tolerant once established. Epimedium ‘Akane’ is from Mt Omei in China. The name, ‘Akane’ is from Japanese for deep red.
Epimediums have a lot to offer, and the prosper in the most inhospitable of conditions ... 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.
Epimediums are also known as Barrenwort, Bishop’s Hats and Horny Goat Weed.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm