EPIMEDIUM continued
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Epimedium grandiflorum

This variable species is widely distributed through Asia, to be found mainly in China, Japan and Korea. All its cultivars share its distinctive habit; being clump forming, it does not cover the ground rapidly, which makes it perfect for smaller areas. We like to plant them in drifts amongst bulbs where a more spreading cultivar would create too dense a carpet for the delicate bulbs to push up through. Another distinctive feature is that they are deciduous. This has the benefit of giving lovely foliage colours in autumn, before the plant dies down to an underground crown through winter. Thus no tidying up is necessary before the fresh new foliage emerges in early spring, along with the delightful flowers. Flower colours range from white through pale pinks to darker pinks, purples and almost red. Many have bright green young leaves dramatically edged in red, whilst a few have rich purple foliage. A fabulous group of plants with something for everyone.

See also the cultivars of the hybrid E. x youngianum which share many of these charming characteristics.

EPIMEDIUM grandiflorum 'Beni chidori'
What a fantastic colour this one is, with the deep reddish purple really set off by the white tips to the spurs. Fantastic!

EPIMEDIUM grandiflorum 'Nanum' 
This, as the name implies, is small of flower and stature, so be careful where you plant it. White flowers look wonderful against the dramatic dark edged young foliage.

EPIMEDIUM grandiflorum 'Queen Esta'
Superb recent selection with large, bold flowers of rich reddish-pink highlighted by white spurs. Very showy, particularly early in the spring becasue the young growth unfurls a rich purple (unique in its group) creating a wonderful backdrop for the pretty flowers.

EPIMEDIUM grandiflorum 'Tama no Genpei'
A delightful form with a difficult name! The large flowers have lavender coloured inner sepals and creamy white petals also suffused with pale lavender.

EPIMEDIUM grandiflorum 'Violaceum'
Large flowers of a delicious pale purple.

EPIMEDIUM grandiflorum 'Yellow Princess'
Typical grandiflorum in as much as it is clump forming and deciduous, with pretty heart shaped leaves. However, the flower colour really sets this one apart, being the most delicate shade of pale yellow. Wonderful!

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