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Epimediums (Barrenworts) for Moist and Dry Shade Gardens

Forget the grass, instead grow Epimediums, also known as barrenwort or bishop’s hat, under trees and in other shady spots in the landscape.

Delicate in appearance, but hearty by nature you can find Epimediums for zones 3 to 9. There are clump forming and spreading types and varieties with white, yellow, pink, purple, rose, orange or red spring flowers.  Some are deciduous, others hold onto a few leaves through winter and the rest are evergreen.

Most have heart shaped leaves and some have a beautiful red fall color. Trim back the tattered foliage early in the season for a tidier and unobstructed spring flower display.

Most prefer moist organic soil and full to partial shade. Established plants can tolerate dry shade, making them a perfect option as a groundcover under trees. Check the plant tag to make sure the variety you select will tolerate your growing conditions.

A bit more information:  These plants combine nicely with other shade tolerant perennials like ferns, hostas and lungworts. Divide only as needed in spring or fall for best results.

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