E. wushanense

 

Epimedium wushanense "Spiny leaved forms"

Epimedium wushanense "Spiny Leaved Forms"    (Several clones/Cc. numbers)  

A beautiful Epimedium with very large, glossy, evergreen leaflets with large spines. Leaflets have good substance and are each up to 6" long, resembling a wildly serrated knife. This extreme spininess of the leaves reveals the relationship of Epimediums to the Barberry family.  

Unlike most Epimediums where the individual flowers are spaced so that you can differentiate each bloom, these have abbreviated, congested heads of flowers, reminiscent of a lilac or hydrangea panicle. The large flowers have white sepals and butter-yellow cup and spurs. Unlike the typical E. wushanense, these variants are lower, leafier, with shorter bloom panicles and spread by 4" rhizomes. Many exhibit a black-purple-reddish tinge to the new spring foliage. Plants can reach a height of 12-15" . Spreads slowly. Limited for spring, more for fall. $35

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