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Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum'

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Epimedium (ep-ih-MEE-dee-um) (Info)
Species: x versicolor (ver-see-KOL-or) (Info)
Cultivar: Sulphureum

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral altagardener On Mar 31, 2012, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

Hardy in northern zone 3.

Neutral Malus2006 On Jun 8, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Not zone 4 hardy - some companies were trying to sell it as a zone 4 plant in the late 1990s but two attempts to try it had failed.

Positive Gabrielle On May 28, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A great little groundcover that does well in a shady, dry area. Attractive yellow flowers in April-May in my garden.

Positive hfay On Jan 13, 2008, hfay from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

It took several years for this plant to become impressive, it's now 30" in diameter. I dig out sections from the edges that transplant and grow easily. The plant grows in an area with tree roots and other plants and is pest- and carefree.

Negative PurplePansies On May 3, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wow what a wholly unimpressive plant.... I know shade options are limited but honestly :) I guess I was expecting more from this plant i.e. something! the leaves are sort of pretty with "heart" shape and slight variegation but resemble not much more than a glorified weed. The flowers are almost nonsensical.... hardly flowers at all..... they hardly larger (each) than a a baby's breath (flower)..... Not impressive...... Looking at my garden my friend commented on many plants and said Oh what's that? Oh a weed I guess.... That's sort of what it looks like.... Yes it is "delicate" and airy but not showy enough to be worth anything.... perhaps if they grow well for you (mine grew well but I could care less!) you could plant as a ground cover.... then they may be more impressive but planted as one or in groups as "specimens" its truly poor!

Positive ladyannne On May 2, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A secret garen treasure that can survive years of neglect and still come back to a lush fairy land delicate with a little water.

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 27, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is by far the most vigorous of several Epimediums I grow.

Positive Toxicodendron On Apr 10, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Airy, hardy, small-leaved groundcover that has delicate light yellow blooms in early spring. New leaves emerge after blooming has started, and are very attractive and mottled with shades of burgundy; leaves fade to solid green by summer and persist into winter. Cut the old foliage off in late winter before the flower stalks emerge in spring. Drought and shade tolerant. Propagate by division in early autumn.


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

Merced, California
San Francisco, California
Barnesville, Georgia
Machesney Park, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Hobart, Indiana
Lexington, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Piedmont, Missouri
Sparks, Nevada
Greenfield, New Hampshire
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Ruidoso, New Mexico
Fairport, New York
Syracuse, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Dallas, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Jackson, Tennessee
Pittsburg, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Lacey, Washington

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