Epimedium brachyrrhizum (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
Discovered in 1994 in Guizhou Province, China, it is one of the shortest species at only 6-8" tall, and among the largest flowered and earliest to bloom, with lavender-pink flowers nearly 2" across! New leaflets may be handsomely mottled with red-maroon in spring. Dark evergreen leaflets have a distinct corrugated surface, and many clones take on maroon overtones in fall. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium brachyrrhizum 'Karen'
Epimedium brachyrrhizum ‘Karen’ (Cc. 940526)
After years of trialing this plant against other superior forms of E. brachyrrhizum this stands out as the best for its prolific, large flowers in a soft shade of lavender-pink, combined with large leaves, heavily mottled with deep cranberry-rose in the spring. E. brachyrrhizum just happens to be one of my favorite Epimediums, so Darrell named this outstanding clone in my honor. 7” tall. Evergreen. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium davidii Cc. 990294
E. davidii Cc. 990224
A fast-propagating form of this small, evergreen species. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium davidii 'Emerald Sheen'
E. davidii ‘Emerald Sheen’ (Cc. 960085)
***2008 Cobblewood™ Introduction***
Extremely glossy leaflets are what makes this clone spectacular. It forms a mass of low growing, shiny foliage with smaller than normal, evergreen leaflets. The new spring foliage is tinted maroon. Flower stems are 12-24” tall with long spikes of many large, rich yellow flowers with tiny red inner-sepals. It is clump-forming, but produces occasional 3–5” rhizomes. Excellent for breeding, in that it passes the sheen of its foliage along to its offspring. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium davidii "Robust Forms"
E. davidii “Robust Form” (Several clones)
Like many species, E. davidii varies from one location to another. In 1999 Darrell helped to identify Epimediums purchased from China by a local nursery. Overall they were more robust and vigorous, 18-24” high, with bolder evergreen foliage than any we have grown. The clones we offer have attractively red-mottled spring leaflets. Spreads slowly by occa
sional 4-8” rhizomes to form a mass 2’ wide in about 5 years. Fall ship only. $22
Epimedium davidii 'Wolong Dwarfs'
E. davidii “Wolong Dwarfs” (Sev. clones/Cc. numbers)
On his first trip to China in 1996, Darrell found two colonies of E. davidii growing on dripping wet cliffs. The few samples he collected turned out to be quite dwarf in size, so he returned again in 2000 to explore further. Climbing higher, he found much larger colonies, where all of the plants were very small. From clumps of tiny evergreen leaflets grow 6-10” flower stems carrying large yellow flowers. Perfect for a very spe
cial spot in the garden or in a trough. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium dolichostemon Og. 81010
Narrow, evergreen, medium-sized arrow-shaped leaflets, heavily mottled with burgundy in the spring. Each small uniquely shaped flower has beautiful, reflexed, white inner-sepals and red petals with short, strongly curved spurs. 18” tall. In 1998, Robin White generously shared a blooming plant.
Darrell was awestruck the first time he saw slides of this clone. Lois Himes, garden assistant to Harold Epstein, took them of a plant exhibited by Robin White when she accompanied Harold to a 1995 Royal Horticultural Society show in London. It is far superior to the Ogisu clone (Og. 81011-- which is unfortunately terribly virused) making the rounds in the U.S. Not available in 2017.
E. epsteinii (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
Discovered in 1994 and named after an outstanding plantsman—the late Harold Epstein. For half a century he grew Epimediums to perfection in his garden “La Rocaille” in Larchmont, NY.
This species has the widest sepals in the genus, nearly 1/2" across and slightly longer, pure white and a striking contrast to the reddish-purple spurs and cup. There are 10 (usually) to 30 of these medium-large flowers per stem. 6-10" tall with medium-sized, dark glossy evergreen leaflets. Spreads 6-8" a year forming a dense low ground
cover. Benefits from some winter mulch in Zone 5. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium fargesii (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
The typical form of a very choice species and the main target of Darrell’s November 2000 collecting trip to China. He gathered small divisions from a variety of plants at seven locations. 12-18” tall in bloom, with narrow, medium-sized arrow-shaped, dark evergreen leaflets. Medium-sized flowers typically have long, white/pale lavender inner-sepals that wrap around smaller, lavender spurs. Often both reflex backwards. Foliage exhibits dark maroon flecking in spring and sometimes fall. $22
Epimedium ilicifolium (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
A particularly cold-hardy, Chinese evergreen species from Shaanxi Province. Darrell found it in three areas in Nov. 2000 at the highest elevation above snowline. He trudged up steep ravines through snow and freezing temps just to see it in the wild. The long, narrow, evergreen leaflets are especially spiny (ilici-=holly, folium=leaf), on stems to 10”. Large flowers with light green inner sepals and bright yellow spurs, on stems to 18”. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium leptorrhizum 'Hubei Treasure'
Epimedium leptorrhizum ‘Hubei Treasure’ (Cc. 001259)
***2005 Cobblewood Introduction***
Traveling along the Sichuan/Hubei Province border in China on a transitional day between target locations in November of 2000, Darrell stopped to stretch his legs. There he found an Epimedium in the cracks of a short cliff along a farmer’s field. With long hairs on the leaves and long rhizomes, he identified it as E. leptorrhizum, and collected a few samples. Fortunately this clone has larger flowers with near-white spurs backed by rich pink inner sepals, a striking deviation from the typical pale lavender-pink blooms of this species. The evergreen leaves are larger than those of the species. $18
Epimedium leptorrhizum Y44
Epimedium leptorrhizum Y44 (Same clone/Sev. Cc. num.)
From Guizhou Province in China, its large light lavender-pink flowers and medium-sized leaves are similar to those of E. brachyrrhizum-- elongated and arrow-shaped, with a corrugated texture. However, it spreads by thin rhizomes that grow 8”+ a year with foliage 6-8” tall. Forms a thick, low evergreen groundcover. Reddish fall color. Evergreen. Limited for spring, more for fall. $15
Epimedium lishihchenii (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
Collected by NACPEC in 1994 in Hubei Province, China, along with E. stellulatum. Produces large, bold evergreen leaflets that are heavy in substance. The large flowers have green inner-sepals and bright yellow spurs. Hardy to at least Zone 4. Grows to 12” tall. May exhibit various pastel shades in its spring foliage color. Fall ship only. $22
E. macrosepalum (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
A species from the S.E. coastal region of Russia. The flower of this species has enormous inner sepals that are a heavenly shade of lavender-pink. Unlike most inner sepals that follow the curve of the spurs, these petaloid structures reflex back like huge rounded wings, arching above the down curving spurs, like an insect taking flight. Both the cup and the tips of the spurs fade to white. Low growing, ground hugging foliage 4-8” high is composed of small to medium-sized rounded, heart-shaped leaflets that turn deep maroon over winter. Papery smooth and evergreen. Its low, running habit makes this species a good groundcover. Rhizomes grow 6-8+”a year. $18
Epimedium macrosepalum 'Sweet Rachel'
Epimedium macrosepalum ‘Sweet Rachel’
***2010 Cobblewood Introduction***
A beautifully foliaged form, this clone has very shiny, bright burgundy leaves in winter if grown in some sun. The heart-shaped leaves have the texture of the finest leather. Same beautiful, large rose pink flowers as the species and a reliable bloomer. Thin rhizomes grow 4-8”a year. From a plant collecting trip Darrell sponsored in cooperation with the U.S. National Arboretum. Evergreen. $22
E. myrianthum (Several clones/Cc numbers)
Although the flowers of E. myrianthum are tiny, with over 100 flowers per stem, they create a billowy mass. White inner-sepals with yellow petals, and iri
descent blue-black outer sepals enclosing the flowers in tight bud. Large, glossy, arrow-shaped evergreen spring leaf lets are often lightly mottled with maroon. Shadows of that spring foliage mottling often reappear in the cool temperatures of fall. 18-20". Limited spring, more for fall. $22
Epimedium myrianthum 'Mottled Madness'
E. myrianthum ‘Mottled Madness’ (Cc. 940110)
***2000 Cobblewood Introduction***
Of all of the plants and seedlings we have grown of this species, this clone stands out for its dark spring coloration. Large leaflets are heavily mottled for a month during spring, like a burgundy form of army camouflage. While the color eventually turns to green, it usually reappears once the temperatures dip in fall, and lasts through the winter in mild climates where the leaves remain evergreen. Bright airy panicles with tiny white flowers and iridescently blue-black buds. 18-20”. Limited for spring, more for fall. $25
Epimedium ogisui (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
Named in 1993 by Professor Stearn after Mikinori Ogisu, who discovered it in China in 1992 growing beside a waterfall. Darrell collected a few divisions at that same waterfall in 1996. Although described as pure white, the inner-sepals are usually pale pink. A cliff dweller in its native habitat, the flower stems spread out nearly horizontally holding large flowers. Medium-sized evergreen leaflets are glaucous, uniquely oval-shaped often with red spring coloration. Spreads by 6-8”long, thin rhizomes. USDA zones 6-9 although we have grown it outdoors in a protected location for many years here in Zone 5b. Fall ship only. $22
E. perralderianum (Sev. clones/Cc. numbers)
Native to the moist remnants of oak and cedar forest in northeast Algeria, this drought tolerant species forms a handsome evergreen ground cover. Dwarfer than E. pinnatum ssp. colchicum, it differs in that its heart-shaped, veined leaflets are in sets of three, with spiny edges that give textural interest. Flowers are much the same-- small, lemon-yellow, and rounded with diminutive mahogany spurs that bend upwards. Leaflets are patterned with bronze in spring and fall. Rhizomes grow 2-4". This clone is courtesy of the late David Barker, who held one of the national UK collections of Epimediums. $18
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum
(Sev. clones/Cc. numbers)
Native to the mountainous areas of Georgia along the eastern coast of the Black Sea, this Epimedium is very drought tolerant. A workhorse groundcover for dry areas. Clusters of small, bright yellow flowers are produced on leafless stems above newly emerging leaves. Showy bright yellow inner-sepals back small petals that form a yellow cup. Short reddish spurs are held straight out against the inner-sepals. Spreads 6-8” a year creating a dense growth of large, rounded, shiny, deep evergreen leaflets on stems 8-10”. $8
Epimedium pinnatum ssp colchicum L321
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum L321 (Cc. 950222)
This Roy Lancaster collection was obtained from Robin White of Blackthorn Nursery. The dark evergreen leaflets are smaller and narrower than those of the other clones we grow, with a decorative wavy edge, making it a much more open plant, but one with a great deal of textural character. A favorite of mine. Otherwise, it is similar to the other clones. Drought tolerant. $10
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum 'Thunderbolt'
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum ‘Thunderbolt’ (Cc. 890003)
***2000 Cobblewood Introduction***
Collected in the former USSR Province of Georgia in 1973 by Skip March of the U.S. National Arboretum. We named this clone in cooperation with the Arboretum. Cool autumn temps turn the medium-sized, semi-glossy, evergreen leaflets dark black/purple or a rich red mahogany, depending on the light exposure. An attractive “thunderbolt” pattern of green main veins overlays the fall color. Flowers have showy bright yellow inner-sepals. 10”. Rhizomes grow 6-8” a year. Drought tolerant. $15
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. pinnatum
E. pinnatum ssp. pinnatum (Cc. 980084)
This eastern subspecies of E. pinnatum is uncommon in cultivation. Native to the Caspian forests of northern Iran, David Barker shared this with us when we visited his garden in Chelmsford, Essex, UK in 1998. Sprays of small, bright lemon-yellow flowers with tiny brown spurs erupt in early spring to 7” beyond the newly emerging foliage. While the flowers are different from ssp. colchicum in having spurs that are half the length, gardeners will notice the difference in plant habit. Generally taller with 9 medium-sized evergreen leaflets per leaf vs. 3-5. Flowers 3/4” in diameter. Leaflets are a clear spring green with a slight rose flush. Spreads by 8” rhizomes. Light red fall color. $12
Epimedium platypetalum (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
Native to China, 12 to 15” stems carry 10 to 20 dainty yellow bells suspended like tiny shuttlecocks, backed by tiny, white or reddish inner-sepals. The delicate blooms are held aloft on upright stems rising above small, rounded leaflets. Spreads by 8-12” long rhizomes, forming a low groundcover. Small, rounded, and slightly flecked new spring leaflets have few spines. While evergreen, the leaves flatten in the winter and are not very ornamental during that season. A particularly drought tolerant species. $22
Epimedium pubescens "Shaanxi Forms"
Epimedium pubescens “Shaanxi Forms”
(Several clones/Cc. numbers)
Epimedium pubescens is generally hardy from Zone 6 south, but these clones from Shaanxi Province have proven hardier, thriving in Zone 5. Forms a leafy clump 12” tall/wide with the flower panicles reaching 16”. Medium-sized, evergreen spring leaflets flecked with crimson mature to a glossy dark green with spiny margins. Starry flowers are borne in large airy panicles with 1/2” long, narrow, white reflexed inner-sepals and tiny orange-yellow spurred petals. Fall ship only. $28
Epimedium sagittatum 'Warlord'
E. sagittatum ‘Warlord’ (Cc.021191)
2007 Cobblewood Introduction
A very handsome species, long desired for its exceptionally large, arrow-shaped, evergreen leaflets up to 9” long (in fertile soil and full shade). The spring foliage color of this clone is a spectacular mosaic of various shades of maroon covering the entire leaflet. Side leaflets have exaggerated outer lobes. Tiny flowers with white inner-sepals and golden spurs, are produced in congested panicles of 50 or more against the dark, glossy foliage. Grows to 18” tall here with much more narrow leaflets than the typical species. A slow grower, it forms an impressive clump over time. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium sp. nov. 'Simple Beauty'
E. sp. nov. ‘Simple Beauty’ (Cc. 022728)
***2010 Cobblewood Introduction***
A new, as yet unnamed, species collected by Darrell in China that is one of his most favorite. It is a simple leaved seedling/clone of a species new to science that normally has 3 leaflets... and VERY rare as Darrell only found a few of them. The very large and simple corrugated evergreen leaves are just about the glossiest of all Epimediums and can reach over 6” long and 2.5” wide. The new spring growth has a slight flush of red with thin needle-like spines along the margins. Flower stems extend 4-5” above the foliage supporting large flowers with long, sulphur-yellow spurs and light green inner-sepals. Its thick rhizomes grow 8" a year. It has proven to be a great parent. Photos courtesy of Mark McDonough. Fall ship only. $35
Epimedium sp. nov. 'Spine Tingler'
Epimedium sp. nov. 'Spine Tingler' (Cc. 001764)
***2008 Cobblewood Introduction***
A form of an as yet, unnamed Chinese species collected by Darrell Probst in Sichuan Province. The long, narrow (1”) spiny leaflets emerge with a light chocolate wash in early spring. Later long, overarching stems of large lemon-yellow spidery flowers float over a mass of exceptional evergreen foliage. To 10". See www.epimediums.com for photo. Limited supply, fall ship only. $35
Epimedium sp. nov. 'Tarantula'
Epimedium sp. nov. ‘Tarantula’ Cc. 012418
This clone has the narrowest leaves of any Epimedium in our entire collection. Delicate hair-like spines, run the edge of each leaf in a zig-zag pattern. Bears long, sprays of soft yellow flowers. Leaflets range in size from .25 to 5/8” across, and 3-4” in length, sporting an occasional simple leaf. Sold out for 2017.
Epimedium stellulatum "Narrow Leaf Forms"
Epimedium stellulatum “Narrow Leaf Forms” (Sev. clones/Cc. #)
NACPEC (North American China Plant Exploration Consortium, is a group of ten botanic gardens and arboreta from across the U.S. and Canada, organized by the National Arboretum to explore areas of China on an annual or semi-annual basis. NACPEC has made several exciting discoveries, including this group of Epimedium stellulatum.
Discovered in several areas in the Qin Ling Shan of Shaanxi Province in 1996, the evergreen leaflets are medium in size, narrower than the original form and have especially spiny margins. 12-18”. The flowers are small white “stars” with tiny yellow petals on long, erect stems held well above the leaves. The floral display is like a miniature constellation suspended above spiny evergreen foliage. Early flowering and long-blooming, 12-18” tall. Hardy to Zone 4, possibly 3. Not available in 2017.
Epimedium stellulatum 'Wudang Star'
Epimedium stellulatum ‘Wudang Star’ L1193 (Cc. 960139)
Collected in the Wudang-Shan by Roy Lancaster, this clone was the original collection used to describe the species. Plants produce numerous sprays of small, starry-white flowers with minute yellow spurs over spiny, evergreen foliage. The faded maroon-flecked spring leaflets of this clone are much wider and rounded than those of the straight species. 12-18”. Limited for spring, more for fall. $22
Epimedium sutchuenense (Several clones/Cc. Numbers)
From the mountains of southern Shaanxi and northwest Hubei Provinces where it blankets the slopes at approximately 6,000’ elevation. Superficially resembling E. leptorrhizum, with large, lavender-mauve flowers and long, thin 8-12" rhizomes. It produces two leaves on every flower stem, each with three medium-sized leaflets. Uniformly short at less than 6” tall. Forms an excellent, very low, evergreen ground cover. Limited spring supply, more for fall. $15
Epimedium truncatum (Several clones/Cc. numbers)
The large, evergreen leaflets of E. truncatum differ in that the usual two basal lobes are missing, as if snipped off by scissors! They have a smooth, semi-gloss finish and are held on 15" stems. Open panicles to 21” hold numerous tiny white-sepaled, yellow petaled flowers, covered with striking blue-black outer sepals in bud. Not available in 2017.
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
Epimedium x 'Asiatic Hybrid'
Epimedium x “Asiatic Hybrid” (Cc. 950166)
Washfield Nursery in England sold mixed seedlings of Asian parentage under the umbrella name “Asiatic Hybrid”. Dan Hinkley originally purchased this clone from them. Tall sprays of delicate, small, pale pink flowers with deeper cupsbloom above medium-sized, spring leaflets of a metallic maroon hue. Usually 12-15”, re-blooming stems may reach 20”.Evergreen, arrow shaped leaflets. $15
Epimedium x 'Black Sea'
Epimedium x ‘Black Sea’ (Cc. 960141)
Prized for its dark, glossy, near-black evergreen winter foliage whose color change is triggered by cool seasonal temperatures. Medium-sized leaflets on 8” stems form a rather open mass. In spring 14” flower stems rise above the foliage carrying a myriad of small, diaphanous yellow flowers with pale orange veins. Semi-spreading, by 3-5” long rhizomes. $15
Epimedium x 'Buttered Popcorn'
Epimedium x ‘Buttered Popcorn’ (Cc. 960040)
***2001 Cobblewood Introduction***
This spontaneous hybrid between E. x setosum and E. davidi appeared in Harold Epstein’s garden in 1996. Small to medium-sized evergreen leaflets form a thick mass 10” tall. Leaflets similar to those of E. davidii, but are longer and narrower, becoming dark green or even black-purple in winter. A mass of small, rich yellow flowers blooms just above the foliage to 15”. Flowers have a flared cup with short, sassy spurs and a red rim around the inner-sepals. More vigorous in northern gardens than E. davidii, producing a larger clump in less time. $18
Epimedium x 'Enchantress'
Epimedium x ‘Enchantress’ (Cc. 950021)
A stunning cultivar from Washfield Nursery in England, a result of Elizabeth Strangman’s cross of E. dolichostemon by E. leptorrhzum. Beautiful silvery-pink, medium-sized flowers bloom well above long, narrow, evergreen leaflets with undulating margins. 12-15”. Rhizomes grow 4-6” a year. Extraordinary deep red fall/winter color. Sold out for 2017.
Epimedium x 'Kagayahime'
Epimedium x ‘Kaguyahime’ (Cc. 950225)
From Japan (via Mikinori Ogisu & Robin White) comes this delicately beautiful hybrid of E. acuminatum and E. dolichostemon. 15-18” stems carry sprays of small flowers with dark reddish-purple spurs and light rose-pink inner sepals. Long, slender arrow-shaped, medium-sized leaflets are jagged edged and beautifully mottled with various shades of red in spring. Vigorous for an evergreen Epimedium, it is one of my favorites, and is named after a popular Japanese folk princess. Fall ship only. $22
Epimedium x 'Ninja Stars'
Epimedium x ‘Ninja Stars’ (Cc. 030300) PPAF
***2016 Cobblewood Introduction***
A vigorous hybrid of two as yet unnamed, handsome species with particularly nice foliage collected in Sichuan Province, China by Darrell Probst. Long, narrow, very evergreen spiny leaflets form a crown of foliage 12-15” tall. Long sprays of spidery sulphur-yellow flowers hover over the foliage. The multi-branched rhizomes grow 4-6” per year. New leaflets display a light chocolate tint in spring. Propagation prohibited. Limited for spring, more for fall. $25
Epimedium x omeiense 'Akame'
E. x omeiense ‘Akame’ Og. 82001 (Cc. 970187)
(Synonyms: ‘Emei Shan’, ‘Rigoletto’)
Mikinori Ogisu collected this clone on Mt. Emei in Sichuan, which Professor Stearn used as the type specimen for his description of E. x omeiense. The brilliant blooms have cherry-red inner-sepals and bright orange and yellow spurs. The cup is most intensely colored and edged in yellow. Open flower sprays are held above large, dark, handsome, glossy sagittate evergreen leaves that sometimes turn maroon in fall. 18” tall. A late bloomer, which frequently re-blooms. $25
Epimedium x perralchicum
Epimedium x perralchicum
(Several clones/Cc. numbers)
Long confused in the U.S. as its parent, E. perralderianum, (the other being E. pinnatum ssp. colchicum). The floral differences are minor, but the hybrid is more vigorous and hardier, to USDA Zone 4. Large, evergreen leaflets have slightly wavy margins. Like its parents, the leafless stems have small rich yellow flowers reminiscent of Verbascum. Spreads by 4-6” long rhizomes. Leaves form a thick mass to 15”. An excellent drought tolerant groundcover. $8
E. x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'
E. x perralchicum ‘Fröhnleiten’ (Cc. 890005)
A drought-tolerant ground cover Epimedium prized for its colorful spring foliage, a gorgeous combination of reddish-bronze over the leaflet with an intricate pattern of green veins. Small, bright yellow flowers. Spreads 4-6” a year with medium/large evergreen leaflets. 12” tall. Blends superbly with yellow-flowered late blooming Narcissus. One of the more common varieties available in the American market, and for good reason. $10
Epimedium x perralchicum 'Wisley'
Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Wisley’ (Cc. 960041) ∞
A spontaneous hybrid discovered at RHS- Wisley, England. Small, bright canary-yellow flowers are produced just above the newly emerging spring foliage to 12”. Medium to large leaflets are dark green with lighter veins and a delicate ruffled edge. Spreading. A great, drought tolerant ground cover. $10
Epimedium x warleyense
E. x warleyense (Cc. 890007)
Bright orange flowers make this evergreen sterile hybrid between E. alpinum and E. pinnatum ssp. colchicum unusual. From Miss Willmott’s garden, Warley Place, England. Sprays of small flowers float above rounded, medium-sized, bright green, rounded leaflets. Spreads 5-6" a year with an open growth habit. Foliage to 8”, flowers to 12". Fall ship only. $15
Epimedium x warleyense 'Orangekonigin'
Epimedium x warleyense ‘Orangekönigin’ (Cc. 960140)
A shade or two paler orange than E. x warleyense in bloom, and a top-notch evergreen groundcover, this cultivar was introduced by Ernst Pagels of Germany. The inner-sepals are a soft shade of tangerine traversed by darker orange veins. Shorter rhizomes form denser clumps than the straight species, more effectively crowding out weeds. $12
Asarum caudatum forma alba
Asarum caudatum f. alba
A "white” flowered form of this lovely West Coast native ginger. It thrives in partial shade, and moist, humus-rich soil, forming attractive colonies of large, lustrous, dark green, heart-shaped leaves 4” tall. Curious, creamy green flowers, each with three long tails appear at the base of the plant in spring. This form is not com
monly in cultivation and comes true from seed. Drought tolerant once established. $10
Cardamine trifolia "Japanese Cultivar"
Cardamine trifolia “Japanese Cultivar”
Beautiful, indestructible, 2-3” high, neat and tidy shade groundcover. Purchased in a Japanese garden shop by Barry Yinger with a name he could never find reference to. He believes it is a special selection. It is too nice of a garden plant to let that keep us from offering it.
Clouds of white cruciferous blooms hover 8-10” above the foliage on naked stems in mid-May. Deep evergreen trifoliate leaves with vel-vety purple undersides. Spreads by 2” herbaceous rhizomes. $15
Collected by Darrell in N.E. Sichuan Province. Belongs to the same Chinensis section of the genus Iris as I. koreana and odaesanensis, but is very different. Best in bright shade/half-sun and in rock gardens, troughs and containers. Forms a 12” by 2’ clump of evergreen, grassy foliage 1/8” wide. In May 6” stems emerge, each bearing two 1”+ palest lavender Iris flowers with a small, yellow signal. $18