Categories: Herbaceous Perennial
A resilient and tough garden plant, Epimedium x warleyense is unusual among epimediums for its coppery, orange-red flowers, which appear in early spring. Soon after the flowers emerge, beneath them unfurl the delicately divided leaves. Each leaflet is heart-shaped and blushed with red - setting off the tone of the flowers. This foliage matures to green, remaining weather resistant and fully evergreen through winter. Although it is slower-growing than some of the other cultivars of epimedium, it eventually covers a large area, thus making a good groundcover.
Interest in this genus has increased over the past 2 decades as horticulturists brought back new species and varieties from explorations in China. Epimediums make good ground covers and are one of the choice plants for shade. They prefer good loamy soil, organic enough to let the rhizomes spread readily, but will tolerate dry shade once established. A second, taller flush of leaves often follows those that emerge in spring.