Epimedium

The waltz of the flowers continues with my Epimedium × warleyense now blooming. This is such a great plant for shade. I’ve had it for about five or six years now and the clump is slowly spreading. Last year I divided some pieces off and replanted in another area, after starting them off in pots inside the conservatory. In addition to the pretty flowers, the leaves are very attractive – almost heart-shaped, on delicate, long stems, and turn red in autumn – and they’re evergreen! (The photo on the right was taken in the autumn.) Apparently plants in this genus are also known as horny goat weed and have certain medicinal properties as that name might suggest! I won’t be experimenting.

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