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PlantFiles: Bishop's Mitre
Epimedium leptorrhizum

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Epimedium (ep-ih-MEE-dee-um) (Info)
Species: leptorrhizum (lep-toh-RYE-zum) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa On Oct 7, 2001, Baa wrote:

An evergreen perennial from China.

Has ovate-lance shaped leaves with spiny margins and pointed tips. Leaf colour ranges from bronze when young (hairy beneath in growth but fades to smooth when older), mid green in summer and red in winter. Bears pale pink or white, long spurred flowers. Very showy.

Flowers April - June

Prefers a moist, well drained, humus rich soil in shade. It might tolerate a small amount of sun but not much. Fully hardy but likes to be sheltered from wind.

Evergreen Epimediums look better when the old leaves are clipped off just before flowering, otherwise you may not get to see the flowers at all.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lexington, Virginia

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