Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'
Epimedium 'Sulphureum'

Epimedium 'Sulphureum'

"Bishop's hat"

Epimedium 'Sulphureum'

1 bare root — £3.48

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Description

With this beautiful Epimedium 'Sulphureum' perennial comes early, delicate-looking colour—yet the plant itself is hardy and tough. It grows to just around 30cm in height, and forms a mound of heart-shaped leaves. These emerge red-flushed in spring, then mature to pale green; then they turn reddish in the autumn. This Epimedium is semi-evergreen—meaning that in a mild winter it will hold onto many of its leaves. Its spring flowers, which are held well above the foliage, are of a gorgeous two-tone primrose- and sulphur-yellow, and are carried in loose, open sprays. 

Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum' is a delight in any garden situation, although its natural home is woodland, and even areas of quite dense shade. It is an excellent choice for ground-cover, and is well suited to many different garden situations, including dry sites. It is absolutely one of the best forms of Epimedium, and has been recognised as such, by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) giving it an Award of Garden Merit.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum'

  • Flower colour

    Yellow, cream

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    20-30cm

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    10 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green, bronze, red

  • Habit

    Upright
    Spreading

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Dappled shade
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Ground cover
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Epimedium 'Sulphureum' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Bishop's hat" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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