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Epimedium 'Purple Pixie' (barrenwort) Epimedium 'Purple Pixie' (barrenwort)
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Epimedium 'Purple Pixie'


Epimedium 'Purple Pixie' caught our notice with its distinct purple blooms with contrasting white spurs emerging in early spring. The deepest purple selection available on the market, it's also notable for its ability to reach its mature size quickly without becoming aggressive. A perfect addition to the shade garden, the green foliage is streaked with burgundy all season long.

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9-12 Inches


15-24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

barrenwort Interesting Notes

'Purple Pixie' was brought forward from the garden of Dr. Richard Lighty, former Director of Mt. Cuba Center for the study of Piedmont Flora. This selection is a sport found in a huge clump of Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Alba’ that had been growing in Dr. Lighty’s former garden for over 15 years. The clump never escaped it’s the current location, but it made a large clump rather quickly showing its ability to reach mature size within a few years without spreading aggressively like other barrenwort selections. -Plants Nouveau

Epimedium 'Purple Pixie' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cut back old foliage in late winter for best spring display. To propagate, divide clumps in spring or fall. 

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

snowy barrenwort Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum'
red barrenwort Epimedium × rubrum
barrenwort Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

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