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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9125012

I moved two epimedium last winter and they have done extremely well. I noticed something in them I have never seen. The leaves are supersized on some of the growth. I've never seen them so large. Has anyone else experienced this?

Donna

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2012
7:09 PM

Post #9125367

I think it's fairly typical. The 2nd flush of growth (after the bloom) often has larger leaflets.
But I think it means they're happy!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2012
4:47 AM

Post #9125632

Thanks, Wee. They get more shade in this garden. I have a bunch of part sun part shade plants, and it's interesting to see how they respond to less light. Some of them are growing at a much faster rate than they were in sun. And very little watering, which they needed before.

This is fun!

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
11:49 AM

Post #9126123

May have something to do with the mild winter we had too. My Bloodroot had HUGE leaves this year after flowering.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9126176

Could we clone this weather?

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
7:20 PM

Post #9126665

DonnaMack wrote:Could we clone this weather?


Don't know about that, I kinda like the snowy winters of my youth!!

DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2012
4:43 AM

Post #9126895

I wasn't crazy about the 2 feet we got at one time. And when we were kids there were snow days. This year we got three shovelable snowfalls, which was enough. And of course, we are much further north that you are, and our winters are more severe.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 18, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9128364

I did notice that my Epimedium got a second flush of growth after the early spring one. This second flush is also much taller. Also have one that sent out a second, smaller group of blooms. Very strange.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2012
9:22 AM

Post #9128476

So it's weird for you too? Weird as in very unusual? I've had these epimediums for years. The leaves are much bigger and much taller.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 20, 2012
9:31 AM

Post #9130585

I've had mine for years as well, scattered throughout the beds. In some areas, E. alpinum 'Rubrum' is behaving in the usual way. 'Snow Queen' is showing taller growth. E. acuminitum x davidii sent out a smaller, second flush of flowers. 'Sulphureum' is taller this year as well. 'Lilafee' had some gorgeous flowers this year.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2012
9:34 AM

Post #9130590

Really interesting. A second flush of flowers! Wow!
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2012
1:50 PM

Post #9130822

This is epimedium Yokihi with a few bonus flowers today.
A month or two after it's first bloom this past spring.

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9130876

Weerobin, that's very cool. I'm going to keep an eye on mine.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 21, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9132289

That 'Yokihi' is a pretty thing!
I'm wondering if getting so many sunny days in early spring and intense sun ever since will stimulate second blooms on other plants as well. A lot of my stuff bloomed early this year (as did everyone's east of the Miss). Hmm, maybe like adding 6 weeks on to our growing season? (Wishful thinking.)
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 24, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9136697

Wow! Weerobin, I amgetting new blooms too!

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9138154

Here's a pic of just how big the bloodroot was. Taken April 8th.

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9138350

That is just enormous! Mine in my old yard were perhaps half that size. May I ask who your supplier was?
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 25, 2012
4:16 PM

Post #9138610

Holy smokes! Those are some big leaves. I did notice mine had larger than usual leaves as well. I am hoping for a little rain shower tonight though since we've had intense sun again and tomorrow should climb to almost 90. Hotter on Sunday.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #9140141

Donna, my supplier was Mother Nature. They grow wild in the woods around here.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 27, 2012
5:10 AM

Post #9140149

I got mine at Milaegers in Racine. I never understood why they were so popular until I saw them in person. I was attempting to buy a rose one and a white one, but they were mislabels and I ended up with two sulphurum. I normally am not a fan of yellow, but it is such a delicate color that I fell in love with it. The clumps I have, which are rapidly expanding, came from my old house. They were very inexpensive - about $5 a plant. I cut off a clump to give to a neighbor, took two clumps, and checked back to find that the original is thriving.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #9150748

I noticed my epimediums are still putting out blooms.
Pretty remarkable for June!
#2 is e. Yokihi as above
#1 is e. rhizomatosum
Both still blooming in June...

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2012
4:21 AM

Post #9151216

Weerobin,

I was still getting blooms last week, and my epimedium offsets are now close to the size of the original plants, which have been in for years!
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 17, 2012
6:52 AM

Post #9168511

Still blooming and blooming... like the Energizer Bunny!

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #9168624

Ok, that's amazing! I wouldn't have thought that possible!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 17, 2012
10:27 AM

Post #9168756

Always great to see those spring bloomers extending their season. Haven't seen any more blooms here but we were hot and dry for quite a spell until last night.
arfitz
Caldwell, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9177050

I have been growing the large epimedium for 10 years as a ground cover on a steep bank. It seems to get larger leaves the longer it is in place
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 24, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9178221

That's certainly a consideration. Hadn't thought of that.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2012
10:06 AM

Post #9178517

Arfitz, it really makes me want to move them around. The ones at our house under contract (YAY!) are in much more sun. These beauties can take sun, but they bloom better, and look fresher, in shade.

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