Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Epimedium x versicolor, Versicolor, Bishop's Hat ... Barrenwort

Common Name: Bishop's Hat ... Barrenwort

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Epimedium

Species: x versicolor

Cultivar or Variety: Versicolor

Characteristics of Plant
This is a ground cover plant that spreads by rhizomes. It has a spread of 1' to 1.5'. While most Epimedium's are slow spreaders, while not fast, this particular cultivar will spread out faster than the others.

It is drought tolerant once established. It prefers shady areas or semi-shady areas.

An interesting feature of this plant is that its heart-shaped leaves change colors. The leaves start out in the spring with a red tinge on the edges. Come summer the leaves are green, turning to red again in the fall.

This plant will remain an evergreen in those climates that have mild temperatures. Wait until spring before cutting back any old or dead foliage.

Life Cycle
Perennial

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8

Endangered Species
No

Heirloom
No

Sun Exposure
Part Sun/ Part Shade
Shade

Plant Height
6 - 8 inches

Plant Form
Creeping
Ground Cover

Blooms
Yes

Bloom Form
Above Foliage

Flower Color
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Nutritional Needs
Moist
Dry

Reproduces By
Rhizomes

Cutting Flower
No

Additional Uses
Containers
Borders
Planters

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"Epimedium x versicolor 'Versicolor'"
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