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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. 

Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum' LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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6-9 in


12-18 in

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.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

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