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Epimedium × rubrum (red barrenwort) Epimedium × rubrum (red barrenwort)
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Epimedium × rubrum

red barrenwort

Looking for an easy, low-maintenance, long-lived groundcover for shade? Look no further! This Epimedium x rubrum has delicate, heart-shaped leaves that emerge red in spring, become lush green in summer, and have lovely fall color. The blooms are light and airy red and light yellow blooming in early spring. Great for moist shade locations but tolerates dry shade once established!

SIZE
Epimedium × rubrum LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

6-12 in

Spread

8-18 in

Bloom Color

Red

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

red barrenwort Interesting Notes

Highly rated by Chicago Botanic Garden's Epimedium Evaluation Trials. -Chicago Botanic Garden

Epimedium × rubrum Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cut back old foliage in late winter for best spring display.


This variety spread more readily than most other Epimediums. Prefers rich and moist soils but can take root competition and dryness from deciduous trees. Tolerant of dry shade once established. 


Works well as a groundcover and filler - especially effective as an edger along paths. Plant in large masses in woodland gardens and shade gardens, underneath shrubs, or scattered amongst other shade favorites.


A hybrid with Japanese and European parents. 

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Early Spring
Early Spring
Moist
Moist
Average
Average
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Fall
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Tissue culture
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Dry Shade