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?
Supersized leaves on epimedium x sulphurum
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!
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!
May have something to do with the mild winter we had too. My Bloodroot had HUGE leaves this year after flowering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weerobin, that's very cool. I'm going to keep an eye on mine.
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.)
That is just enormous! Mine in my old yard were perhaps half that size. May I ask who your supplier was?
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.
Donna, my supplier was Mother Nature. They grow wild in the woods around here.
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.
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!
Ok, that's amazing! I wouldn't have thought that possible!
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.
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
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.