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Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum' (snowy barrenwort) Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum' (snowy barrenwort)
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Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum'

snowy barrenwort

A soft dusting of white flowers hovers on racemes above heart-shaped foliage emerging bronze in spring. Epimedium × youngianum ‘Niveum’ is a compact and slower-growing barrenwort, perfect to grow around tree roots, along path edges, or in naturalised areas as a well-behaved dry shade groundcover. 

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6-9 Inches


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

snowy barrenwort Interesting Notes

Epimedium × youngianum, sometimes commonly called Young's barrenwort, is a cross between E. diphyllum and E. grandiflorum. It is a rhizomatous, clump-forming perennial which typically grows 6-8" tall and is primarily used as a ground cover or edger in shady or woodland areas. -Missouri Botanical Garden

This hybrid is known to flower later than other barrenworts. 

Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum' Growing and Maintenance Tips

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

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.

Good Substitutions

barrenwort Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum'
red barrenwort Epimedium × rubrum
barrenwort Epimedium 'Purple Pixie'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Early Spring
Early Spring

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Tissue culture