Native to the Japan Sea side of Honshu, Japan. vergreen leaflets usually of medium size. Flowers generally produced above the leaves, medium/large in size; typically white, sometimes lavender, purple and rose-red, with long spurs and a cup. Clump-forming unless otherwise noted. Usually has no second flush of growth.
Epimedium sempervirens "Violet"
E. sempervirens “Violet” (Cc. 950069)
Grown for many years by Harold Epstein, Epimedium enthusiast, this may be a named Japanese cultivar. Medium-sized lavender flowers have spurs that curve inward back towards the cup. Flowers are held above medium-sized leaflets on stems to 14”. Unusually long, narrow leaflets sport irregular dark flecking in the spring. Semi-evergreen. $12
Epimedium sempervirens 'Aurora'
E. sempervirens ‘Aurora’ (Cc. 920018)
Dwarf form with large, dark silky, silvery lavender blooms and glossy foliage even as a deciduous type. Small/medium-sized leaflets. 6" tall in bloom with a second flush to 9". The new growth displays occasional dark flecking in spring. Second flush may have a pink blush as the photo shows. Often has good orange-red fall color when grown in bright shade or some sun. Named by Dick Weaver and sold by We Du as a cultivar of E. grandiflorum. Semi-evergreen. (Photo of foliage by Jan Sacks, Joe Pye Weed's Garden) $12
Epimedium sempervirens 'Candy Hearts'
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Candy Hearts’
***2001 Cobblewood Introduction***
Exquisite spring foliage emerges an opalescent rosy-pink tone that slowly recedes over a month’s time to a rose border, before turning solid green. The showy large silvery lavender-pink flowers have wide inner-sepals and look like iridescent pearls against the colorful spring foliage. 9” tall. Semi-evergreen with medium-sized leaflets. $20
Epimedium sempervirens 'Cherry Hearts'
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Cherry Hearts’
***2001 Cobblewood Introduction***
As Darrell began to sort out Epimediums in cultivation years ago, Don Elick kindly sent him this plant as “true” E. sempervirens. True it might be and while its large flowers are the usual white, with the typical evergreen leaves, the new spring foliage is anything but. Emerging a vibrant cherry red, it later turns green leaving a cherry edge before fading to summer green. $22
Epimedium sempervirens 'Koji'
E. sempervirens ‘Koji’ (Cc. 930003)
An attractive Japanese cultivar with sprays of large, medium laven
der flowers with white highlights that hover above a mass of medium-sized leaflets 10” tall. New spring leaflets flushed with bronze. A very early bloomer. $10
Epimedium sempervirens 'Mars'
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Mars’ (Cc. 920035)
A rare, rose-red form of this species, named by Dick Weaver from a plant he purchased from Japan. 6” tall in bloom with a second flush to 10” tall. Medium-sized leaflets. When grown well, ‘Mars’ produces up to 30 or more flowers per stem, forming a dense head. Very showy. Medium/large, dark rose-red flowers. $10
Epimedium sempervirens 'Okuda's White'
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Okuda’s White’
Introduced from Japan by George Schenk in the 1970’s. A rare and unusual spreading form of E. sempervirens, with 4-6” long rhizomes. The large, white flowers are typical of the species. The rhizomes have exhibited some winter damage in Massachusetts; so we recommend winter mulch in Zone 5. Grows to 6-8” tall. Forms a nice, short, semi-evergreen groundcover over time. $12
Epimedium sempervirens 'Rose Dwarf'
E. sempervirens ‘Rose Dwarf’ (Cc. 950027)
Originally offered by George Schenk in the 1970’s and still quite rare in the trade. We thank Jerry Flintoff for our original stock. Plants 5” tall in bloom with unusually long, narrow, medium-sized leaflets, gradually tapering to a thin point and flecked with bronze in the spring. Flowers similar to those of Violet Queen’, dark violet-lavender with long inner-sepals. Semi-evergreen. $15
Epimedium sempervirens 'Secret Arrow'
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Secret Arrow’ (Cc. 950140)
***2000 Cobblewood Introduction***
Unique, arrow-shaped leaflets distinguish this plant. Large lavender flowers face out¬ward with wide inner-sepals. Cool fall temperatures turn the leaves a beautiful salmon-egg red, with limey green streaks along the main veins $15
Epimedium sempervirens 'Shadow Dancer'
E. sempervirens ‘Shadow Dancer’ (Cc. 000943)
***2010 Cobblewood Introduction***
This sempervirens selection has turned heads in our nursery for years. It has beautifully banded foliage with a shiny mahogany edge in spring, surrounding a interior flushed with deep red. The large, bright lavender blossoms have uniform coloring throughout. 15-18” in height. Semi-evergreen. $22.
Epimedium sempervirens 'Snowshoe Lake'
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Snowshoe Lake’
***2014 Cobblewood Introduction***
A white flowered very floriferous form of this extremely early bloomer. Sited in bright shade or a couple of hours of sun a day, it will produce clouds of clean white medium-sized flowers, 6” above the ground at the first thaw. Leaflets sport a delicate red line along their margins in early spring.
A cheerful and fitting tribute to my brother George who lived on Snowshoe Lake in Alaska. 8-10” at maturity. $15
Epimedium sempervirens "Variegated #1"
Epimedium sempervirens “Variegated #1” (Cc. 970190)
From Japan came rumors of a most spectacularly variegated Epimedium heavily dappled with white and pink and costing a small fortune. During Darrell's 1997 trip to Japan with Dan Hinkley he searched specifically for this fabled plant. Once he saw it he just had to have it—the most expensive Epimedium he's ever purchased! It was indeed the nicest variegated Epimedium he'd ever seen...and just as they said, the spring foliage is a swirling collage of creamy white, salmon-pink and apple green. What they didn’t mention was that the white portion of the variegation lasts well into the season.. into August here, before turning mostly green.
White flowers are produced above the semi-evergreen leaves. One of the shorter Epimediums at only 8” tall. $22
Epimedium sempervirens 'Vega'
E. sempervirens ‘Vega’ (Cc. 950211)
Named by Dick Weaver in 1995, but Darrell doesn’t think that he ever introduced it. He said, “the foliage seems almost varnished while young. It virtually glistens and it is still very glossy” (in mid-June). Dick’s original plant was from Leola Fraim of Waltham, MA in 1984. She received it from Florence Shaw in 1968. Leaflets remain glossy all season here, on stems to 6”. Pristine white flowers. $15
Epimedium sempervirens 'Violet Queen'
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Violet Queen’ (Cc. 950138)
A spectacular Epimedium. This clone is an exact match for the plant originally named Epimedium violaceum in 1834 which was later changed to a variety of E. grandiflorum... all through the study of dried herbarium specimens. However, this plant is semi-evergreen and nearly identical to other clones Darrell received from west central Honshu including the plant depicted in Don Elick’s book, Japonica Magnifica. Perhaps it is a species of its own. This is the parent that gifted E. x rubrum, E. x versicolor ‘Versicolor’ and ‘Cupreum’ with colorful spring foliage.
Prized for its vibrant, cherry-red new growth and large, rich violet-lavender flowers with very long inner-sepals. Smallmedium leaflets have a long, tapered point. Slow to propagate. 12” $22
Epimedium sempervirens 'White Purity'
Epimedium sempervirens ‘White Purity’ (Cc. 950056)
An especially vigorous, large-leafleted form of the species with the largest plant habit of the clones we grow. Harold nicknamed this plant “White Purity” for its large, pristine white flowers that are produced below the leaves. New spring leaves have a bronze cast. 10” tall. Not available in 2017.