Epimedium, Barrenwort, Bishop's Mitre, Fairy Wings 'Sulphureum'

Epimedium x versicolor

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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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 5, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Makes an attractive, weed-smothering ground cover, though it's not cheap.

Flowers are a light lemon-yellow, very attractive, emerging just before the foliage.

Tough, vigorous, and adaptable. Like most Epimediums, it tolerates dry shade, but here in Z6a it also tolerates full sun. Best in light shade with moist, well-drained soil.

Easily divided any time the soil is workable.


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

Hardy in northern zone 3.


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.


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.


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.


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 ... read more


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.


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

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


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.