Masses of apricot and burnt toffee flowers mass on airy stems above gorgeous, evergreen foliage. The regal flowers last an absolute age and you will soon wonder what you have done without them.
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ is a cross of E. wushanense ‘Caramel’ and E. flamum. It is dry tolerant and really tough.
The flowers open in loose sprays high above the foliage from spring and can repeat into autumn – it is noted as one of the longest bloomers in the Epimedium clan. In spring, the new, elongated, pointed leaves have a stylish mahogany pattern then mature to mid to bright green in summer. The leaves grow to around 30cm and the flowers on stems to 60cm.
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 Barrenwort, Bishop’s Hats and Horny Goat Weed.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm
Spring to autumn
Cool to Mediterranean