EPIMEDIUM pinnatum subsp. colchicum

Reasonable soil
RHS Award of Garden Merit
Pot Size


Height x Spread: 30cm x 45cm

Delicate sprays of small, vivid yellow flowers appear in mid to late spring above a spreading mat of heart-shaped evergreen foliage.

This plant is far tougher than its graceful flowers suggest.  It can survive hard winters in the UK, if sheltered from cold drying winds and planted in a moist, free draining soil, which is also nutrient and humus-rich.  Thriving in partial shade, it is ideal for adding texture and colour to a woodland garden, but also makes unusual and very attractive groundcover.  Removing old leaves to ground level in late winter helps to showcase the flowers even more.