This is an Epimedium I photographed back in mid-April. I am still trying to decipher the species. I think it is either Epimedium x versicolor or Epimedium x youngianum.
Either way, Epimedium...
-commonly called barrenwort or bishop's hat
-a genus of 44+ species from Asia and portions of the Mediterranean
-clump forming to slightly running
-typically perennial in USDA Zones 5-9
-deciduous and evergreen species present within the genus
The young foliage emerges with great contrast of light green with red or bronze edges. The plant does best in rich soil and cool woodland shade and makes a great edging plant or low groundcover. The flower comes and goes early in spring but the interesting foliage makes it a great perennial through the summer. Not to mention some species and newer cultivars have amazing fall color to boot.
This is what Epimedium looks like these days, (taken 6/19/09).
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