Epimedium platypetalum

Epimedium platypetalum

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This was the first of the camanpulate Epimediums to be discovered. What distinguishes this, and simialr species, is that the petals lack spurs. Consequently each flower is quite simple with just 4 prominent soft yellow petals. The foliage in Winter can take on a multitude of splothched shades of red and green so that they form a harlequin mosaic. Despite being known from collections in 1914, this species was only named in 1922 It was introduced into cultivation by Mikinori Ogisu (OG 93.885). Height 20cm, spreading. Subgenus Epimedium, Section i, Series A – Campanulatae

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Epimedium platypetalum

This was the first of the camanpulate Epimediums to be discovered. What distinguishes this, and simialr species, is that the petals lack spurs. Consequently each flower is quite simple with just 4 prominent soft yellow petals. The foliage in Winter can take on a multitude of splothched shades of red and green so that they form a harlequin mosaic. Despite being known from collections in 1914, this species was only named in 1922 It was introduced into cultivation by Mikinori Ogisu (OG 93.885). Height 20cm, spreading. Subgenus Epimedium, Section i, Series A – Campanulatae

‘Delightful at all times for many of them are evergreen, their Spring leaf tints which follow the flowers are delicious, and in Autumn they fall into tone with the season with rich tints of brown, russet and gold.’ – A.T. Johnson

Epimediums are a rare thing; they are both exquisitely beautiful and highly tolerant in regard to growing conditions. In British gardens they grow well in all but the wettest and most alkaline soils, with many being very tolerant of dry conditions where they can provide superb ground cover; the Epimedium x perralchicum varieties excel particularly as do forms of Epimedium x versicolor. The one constant is that they all require a degree of shade. Whilst many do cope well with dry shade, more moisture and humus in the soil is beneficial. It tends to be the Japanese species that are least tolerant of alkaline conditions and the Mediterranean and Caucasus species that are most tolerant of dry. It is the Chinese species that tend to need a little more protection in Winter.

In order to best view the flowers, and in many cases to get the best from the beautifully marked new leaves it can be beneficial to cut away all of the old leaves in early Spring just as the flower spikes break the surface. In this way you get the best from the evergreen foliage and the best from the flowers.

Epimediums are members of the same plant family as the shrubs Berberis and Mahonia, a fact that may not be obvious from the foliage, but makes a lot of sense when the flowers are seen at close quarters. Across the Genus the flowers vary greatly in shape. In some the sepals are well rounded and the flowers face out, but in others the flowers hang and the sepals are long spurs giving the flower a crab –like shape.

Barrenworts occur in the wild from the Mediterranean East to Japan with their greatest numbers being found in the Orient.

The common name ‘barrenwort’ comes from a belief that the root could prevent women becoming pregnant. This may be of some comfort when you consider  other common names, such as horny goat weed, which stems from the legend of a Chinese goat herder noticing increased sexual activity in his animals after eating Epimedium.  The dried leaves of Epimedium grandiflorum are used as a tonic in China called Fang-chang tsao (translated as ‘give up stick’) on account of its tonic effect on the elderly.

Epimedium – Berberidaceae

Bishop’s Hat, Bishop’s Mitre, Barrenwort, fairy wings, horny goat weed, rowdy lamb herb, randy beef grass, yin yang huo.

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