Botanical Name: Epimedium X rubrum Add
Common Name: Red Barrenwort  
Plant photo of: Epimedium X rubrum
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Pink, Red


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Red


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Very Low, Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Rich, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Water Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Patio, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: J.J. Neilson Arboretum
Photographer: Linda Engstrom, JJ Neilso
  • Description

  • Notes

Epimedium X rubrum is a semievergreen hybrid that grows to 1 ft. high. Flowers, borne in showy clusters, have crimson inner sepals, pale yellow or white petals, and upward-curving spurs.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.