Spring foliage color

 

Epimedium brachyrrhizum

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 brevicornu

Epimedium brevicornu    (Several clones/Cc. numbers)  

A beautiful hardy, deciduous species native to the northern regions in China where Epimediums are not normally found. These are divisions from plants collected during Darrell’s 2001 expedition to Henan Province where no Epimediums had been previously recorded. Produces an 8 to 10” high mass of small, rather round, heart-shaped leaflets. Numerous 10” long spikes carry “clouds” of small, star-shaped white flowers, each with short, reflexed spurs with a hint of yellow in the center. New leaflets may be speckled with reddish-purple and are thin and reminiscent of parchment paper to the touch. Hardy to Zone 4 and perhaps even 3.   $15

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 occa­sional 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 spe­cial spot in the garden or in a trough. Not available in 2017.

Epimedium diphyllum 'Variegatum'

E. diphyllum  ‘Variegatum  (Cc. 950164)  


Friends Roy Herold and the late Gerry Anderson bought this plant back from Japan for Darrell in 1995. The leaflets are variously stippled—some leaves are green with flecks of white, others white flecked green. The white variegation is enhanced with 2-3 hours of direct daily sun in our nursery. Dainty white flowers hover above leaves reminiscent of small spattered painter’s palettes. Foliage gradually turns greener through the season, but the variegation is still evident in the fall as the foliage turns to rusty red. 12" tall.   $16

Epimedium dolichostemon

Epimedium dolichostemon Og. 81010
Cc. 980078

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.

 

Epimedium fargesii

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 grandiflorum

E. grandiflorum    (Cc. 920009)       (Synonym: E. macranthum)

The typical form of the species in the U.S., with rosy inner-sepals, and creamy-white spurs and cup. The small new spring leaflets have a brown-purple cast to them that nicely complements the flower color. 7" tall in bloom, with a second growth flush to 14".  $8

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Bicolor Giant'

E. grandiflorum ‘Bicolor Giant’ (Cc. 970206)

Bold and cheerful, bright flowers and later large leaves make a nice show from a distance. Large flowers exhibit in-curved sugary pink spurs under wide, deep raspberry sepals. After bloom, the large new spring leaflets slightly blush with red before turning their summer green. Another giant red similar to ‘Red Queen’ and ‘Orion’, but with a bi-colored bloom. Acquired in from Gotemba Nursery, Japan in 1997 as a “pink grandiflorum”. 16” tall in flower. It has exhibited yellow, rusty orange and maroon fall colors here in Massachusetts.  $22 

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Circe'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Circe’  (Cc. 950244)

***2006 Cobblewood Introduction***


Beautiful large rose-red flowers accented with white spur tips have caught the eye of many a visitor to our open nursery weekends. This cultivar has much the same characteristics to recommend it as Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Yubae’ but with 2-3 times the number of bloom stems held above the foliage, and a shorter stature. Heavily flowered with a slightly darker cast to the young foliage. Medium-sized leaflets form a mound to 13”.    $18




Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Dark Beauty’  (Cc. 950132)  


Harold Epstein admired this plant for its velvety, deep chocolate-purple new spring foliage. It appeared as a seedling in his garden from an apparent cross between ‘Yubae’ and ‘Silver Queen’. Its large flowers have beautiful dark rose inner-sepals and white petals/spurs flushed with rose. Small leaflets. 8” in bloom with second flush to 12”.  One of the first “Eps” to emerge and bloom each year in the nursery.  Fall ship only$12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'French Braid'

E. grandiflorum ‘French Braid’  (Cc. 960042)   

***2007 Cobblewood Introduction***


This eye-catching, vigorous seedling from Harold Epstein’s garden stands out from the pack with its bright, almost tropical spring leaf coloration. A psychedelic shade of orange flushes the edge of the leaflets that are dissected by luminous chartreuse veins flowing into an all green center. Large, elongated, overlapping leaflets tumble downward in a zig-zag pattern. Large creamy white flowers are borne underneath the expanding leaflets. 14” in bloom.   $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lavender Lady'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Lavender Lady’

(Cc. 950094)

***2000 Cobblewood Introduction***


This beauty appeared as a seedling in Harold’s garden as a cross between E. sempervirens ‘Violet Queen’ and E. grandiflorum ‘Silver Queen’. Its red leaf color comes from the former and its numerous leaflets from the latter. It forms a mass of wide-spreading, low-growing leaves composed of medium-sized leaflets, their edges suffused with a deep red that fades into a soft green, netted center. This beautiful mass of foliage is topped by full panicles of large, lavender flowers with white spur tips. 8” tall in bloom. No second growth flush. Semi-evergreen. $15

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilac Seedling'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Lilac Seedling’   (Cc. 960019)

Friend Teyl de Bordes of Scotland selected this outstanding seedling from a batch at Washfield Nursery. Medium-large, arrow-shaped leaflets emerge a spectacular deep reddish-purple in spring etched in bright green along the main veins. The color remains for about a month before turning green. 12-18” tall. Dense heads of large light lavender and white flowers are produced below the new leaves. Very showy.  $15

E. grandiflorum 'Lilafee'

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee'  (Cc. 910001)

A popular favorite for its large, delicate, violet-purple flowers with white spur tips held above small, chocolate-purple tinted spring leaflets. Reaches 8” tall in bloom with a second flush to 14” tall.    $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Mt Kitadake Purple'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Mt. Kitadake Purple’  (Cc. 950031)

Large, intensely rose-violet flowers are held above richly colored foliage. White highlights along the outer edges of the flower resemble crisp white piping. The muted red tones of the early spring foliage later fade to a rosy band at each leaf edge, encircling a light green center with a slight rose blush. The small leaflets are fringed with long white spines. 6-7” in bloom, second flush to 16”.  $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Mt. Kitadake Red'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Mt. Kitadake Red’  (Cc. 960020)

A darling little plant, beginning its bloom with leaves only 5” tall. The large, rose-red flowers are held above the foliage at 7” high. A second flush of leaflets follows on stems to 10”. Each small leaflet is tinted with bronze to dark reddish-purple in spring. This clone has exhibited pink and yellow fall color in the nursery.  $12 

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Nanum'

Epimedium grandiflorum   ‘Nanum’  (Cc. 950149)

Perfect for a shady trough garden or border edge at only 3-5” in bloom. Second growth flush of foliage later reaches 10” in height. Medium-sized white flowers are in proportion to the size of the plant as are the tiny, rounded spring leaflets, each with a light purple band around their edge in spring.  $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Pierre's Purple'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Pierre’s Purple’  (Cc. 950124)   

***1999 Cobblewood Introduction***


Named for Pierre Bennerup of Sunny Border Nurseries who originally shared it with Darrell.  7” tall in bloom, with a second growth flush to 15”. Beautiful, large, rich wine-purple flowers with white spur tips are borne against small leaflets flushed bronze in early spring. Leaflets turn a limey green in mid-autumn. A personal favorite.   $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Queen Esta'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Queen Esta’  (Cc. 920021)   


A beautiful cultivar named by Harold Epstein after his wife, Esta. It was the first named seedling ever introduced from his garden. Notable for its large flowers with dark lavender inner-sepals and pale lavender spurs held against purple new spring foliage. It grows 6-8” tall in bloom, with a second flush of new leaves to 12”.  Small leaflets. One of the earliest E. grandiflorums to bloom in spring.   $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Saxton's Purple'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Saxton’s Purple’  (Cc. 950120)

Many customers ask for this clone after seeing it elsewhere. Large grape-lavender flowers open above the leaves. 8” in bloom with second growth to 14”. Small new leaflets have a light copper overlay providing an attractive backdrop to the flowers.    $8

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Silver Queen'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Silver Queen’  (Cc. 900003)    


Often incorrectly labeled as ‘White Queen’ in the U.S. The large white flowers have silvery lavender highlights on the inner-sepals. 7" tall in bloom, second flush to 11". Very textural with leaves usually divided into 27 small leaflets flushed a delicate mahogany in spring. A parent of many cultivars. It is one of the earliest of Epimediums to emerge and bloom in spring.  $8

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Spring Wedding'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Spring Wedding’  (Cc. 950237)   

2003 Cobblewood Introduction


The fresh spring foliage of this selection emerges dark purple, then lightens and expands to display a bold, 1/4” wide, mahogany-red edge.  Very floriferous, it produces numerous flower stems held well above the foliage. The medium-sized flowers have soft lavender sepals backing white petals with downward curving spurs. A plant handsome in both flower and foliage. 10” tall in bloom. Leaflets hold well into autumn when they turn a limey shade of green. $18

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Swallowtail'

E. grandiflorum ‘Swallowtail’ (Cc. 950238) 

***2003 Cobblewood™ Introduction***

 

A flurry of slim, streamlined and graceful, medium-sized flowers are borne both above and among the numerous small leaflets edged with a hint of purple. The second growth flush has even better foliage color for an extended season of beauty. The flowers have sepals that are blue-lavender streaked in rose. Angular white spurs have a lavender streak and a slight downward tilt. 7” in bloom with a very horizontal growth habit. Second growth to 12".  $18


 

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Tama No Genpei'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Tama No Genpei’  (Cc. 950039)

A floriferous, showy Japanese selection with masses of large, crisp, bi-colored lavender/pink and white flowers. The lovely flowers paired with attractive purple-flecked new spring foliage gives the plant a very soft look in bloom. First blooms are held on 8” stems, with re-blooming stems elongating to 16”. Small leaflets.  $10

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Waterfall'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Waterfall’ (Cc. 950113)

***2003 Cobblewood Introduction***


A large, lively, textural garden plant, full of movement.  This appeared as a spontaneous seedling in the garden of Harold Epstein between E. grandiflorum f. flavescens ‘La Rocaille’ and E. grandiflorum ‘Yubae’. The medium-large, acutely tapered leaves stack in layers giving the ap­pearance of flowing water. In spring, purple stippling is strongest at leaf edge, with an irregular mosaic of purple/red and green in the center, fading to green at the petiole. Large flowers gush forth on stems angled upward along the fringes of the foliage. Deep rose-purple sepals angle back from white spurs that flush amethyst as they near the narrow cup. 16” in bloom with colorful second growth to 20". $18

Epimedium grandiflorum 'White Queen'

E. grandiflorum    ‘White Queen’  (Cc. 950168)

Common in the U.K., but quite rare in the U.S., Darrell received his origi­nal start of this cultivar from Dan Hinkley upon their first meeting in 1995. ‘White Queen’ has handsome, medium-sized, dark green arrow-shaped leaflets on stems to 14”. It produces no second growth flush. The edges of leaflets are flushed red in spring, while masses of large pure white flowers bloom just below the foliage.   $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'White Splash'

E. grandiflorum ‘White Splash’ (Cc. 970198) 

 

Early spring leaflets are marked in a bright batik of olive, apple green, soft salmon-pink and white. As the foliage matures, the pink fades, leaving white irregular patches against a patchwork of many shades of green, lasting well into the season. This plant came from Japan as “E. grandiflorum – Variegated”. We gave it a cultivar name to distinguish it from the others sold as such in Japan. Flowers are similar to those of the species, with medium-lavender inner sepals and white spurs. A smudge of lavender decorates the white cup. 12” high.  $25

 

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Yubae'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Yubae’  (Cc. 920022)    


(Synonyms: ‘Crimson’, Crimson Beauty’, ’Rose Queen’)

One of my favorites, this plant is often mislabeled as ‘Rose Queen’. It arrived in the west many dec­ades ago, already given the name ‘Yubae’ in Japan, but with only Japa­nese characters to go by and no translation it was probably soon given an English cultivar name. Incidentally, this same plant suf­fered a third renaming in the U.K. when another plant, ‘Tama No Genpei’, was going around as ‘Rose Queen’ so it was re-named ‘Crimson Beauty’, perpetuating the confusion.

Yubae’s beautiful large rosy-red flowers have white spur tips. This bright flower color can read from a long distance in the garden. The young foliage, purple-bronze in spring, is only 8” tall at first bloom. A second flush of flowers and foliage reaches 18”.  $10

Epimedium grandiflorum f . flavescens #6

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens #6 

Cc. 950188
Distinctive for the exaggerated extra points on each terminal leaflet. In spring, the large leaflets have a thin dark bronze edging with an overall light bronze blush. The smooth leaf surface and very delicate spring coloration creates a soft effect. Pale yellow flowers are borne beneath the leaves. 16” in bloom, to 20” tall. Fall ship only$12

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens 'Chocolate Lace'

E. grandiflorum f. flavescens  ‘Chocolate Lace’  
(Cc. 980200) 

***2003 Cobblewood Introduction***


Yummy, milk-chocolate tones on the emerging spring leaflets later melt into a rich burgundy tracing over a green backdrop with deep purple edges, before they mature to green. Large creamy, yellow-green flowers are held below the foli­age. 10” tall in bloom, with no second flush of growth. Spreads 4-6" per year. Particularly beautiful in combination with large, blue or yellow-leaved hostas. $18

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens 'LaRocaille'

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens  ‘La Rocaille’  (Cc. 950040)  

Originally offered in the 1970’s as E. grandiflorum f. flavescens by George Schenk of The Wild Garden, Bothel, WA.  Plants established in Harold’s garden 25 years before grew into a large mass 6’ across. Its vigorous habit, long arrow-shaped leaflets and large, pale yellow flowers moved Harold to name it after his garden. Foliage is flushed a beautiful red in spring. 14” tall.   $12

Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense 'Bandit'

E. grandiflorum var. higoense   ‘Bandit’  (Cc. 950057) 


Although Darrell has obtained this clone from several sources, he has traced it back to a 1981 We Du Nursery purchase from Japan. It is very different from the clone he got from them eleven years later. After many years of trialing, he named it in 2000 as it is very distinct and has the most striking, dark purple band around the edge of each small leaflet as it emerges in spring. Medium-sized, creamy-white flowers cover the plant at 6” tall, with a second flush of banded leaves to 12” as the older leaves green up. A customer favorite. $18

Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense 'Confetti'

E. grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Confetti’ (Cc. 960144)
***2007 Cobblewood™ Introduction***

A marvel of texture. Each leaf is composed of up to 50 small leaflets, and most are uniquely speckled, flecked and splotched with dark purple in spring. Our leafiest clone of Epimedium by far. 7” high in bloom, bearing hordes of elegantly crafted, medium-sized white flowers. All flower parts are thin and tapered, the whole giving the effect of delicate spiders floating over the foliage. $15

Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense 'Saturn'

E. grandiflorum var. higoense   ‘Saturn’  (Cc. 920023)   

A 1991 We Du introduction named by Dick Weaver for the maroon band that circles each tiny spring leaflet. Only 4 to 5” tall in bloom, the second growth flush may reach 8”. Medium-sized, creamy-white flowers.  Foliage provides a fine-textured effect in the garden. Later to bloom than most grandiflorums. $8

Epimedium grandiflorum var. violaceum

E. grandiflorum var. violaceum      (Cc. 890001)

Exquisite deep chocolate, small, spring leaflets form a lovely background for the large, lavender flowers. One of the very earliest Epimediums to emerge and bloom in the nursery. Makes a clump 8-10” in bloom, with a second growth flush to 12”.   $10

Epimedium grandiflorum var. violaceum 'Bronze Maiden'

E. grandiflorum var. violaceum  ‘Bronze Maiden’  (Cc. 920016)

***1999 Cobblewood Introduction***


Spring leaflets emerge a glossy mahogany-red, resembling molten chocolate.  This intense color lasts about a month in our climate and complements the medium-sized lavender flowers. 8” in bloom, with a second growth flush to 12”. Semi-evergreen. $15

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 lishihchenii

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

 

Epimedium myrianthum

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 iri­descent blue-black outer sepals enclosing the flowers in tight bud. Large, glossy, arrow-shaped evergreen spring leaf­lets 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

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

Epimedium perralderianum

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 platypetalum

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 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’

(Cc. 920038)

***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’

(Cc. 950016)

***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 laven­der 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 '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 '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 "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 '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. Small/medium 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.

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. Very limited supply, fall ship only. $125

 

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 trifoliatobinatum

Epimedium trifoliatobinatum    (Cc. 950046)

Found in only a few areas on Shikoku, Japan, it is treated as a valid species by Prof. W. T. Stearn. However, Darrell Probst thinks that it looks very much like a stabilized, true-breeding form of E. x youngianum, as the area to which it is endemic is within a region where E. grandiflorum and E. diphyllum  naturally overlap. This clone is only 5” tall in bloom with a second growth flush to 9” tall. Leaflets are very small, less than 1” long, and flecked, shaded in dark red in spring. Medium-sized white flowers have spurs like E. grandiflorum but are smaller and in proportion to the overall diminutive habit of this clone.   $10

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 'After Midnight'

Epimedium x ‘After Midnight’ (Cc. 031430)  


This cultivar was introduced by Diana Reeck of Collector’s Nursery. The spring leaflets initially open a gorgeous dark chocolate brown, which morphs into a maroon band around the edge as the leaves expand. Multitudes of medium-sized white flowers shine bright, well above the first flush of small, elongated leaflets. 6” in bloom to 10”.  $15

 

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 cups bloom 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 'Domino'

Epimedium x ‘Domino’  (Cc. 990614)  

***2004 Cobblewood  Introduction***


Showy panicles of creamy white and maroon flowers highlighted against handsome mottled foliage in spring. Elegant elongated spring leaflets are sponge-painted in various shades of maroon. Deep reddish-purple outer sepals and dark purple pedicels. Forms a 12 inch mound of spiky evergreen foliage with soft spines, covered in a halo of flower stems to 16”.  May re-bloom and produce a second flush of mottled new growth under favorable conditions.  A terrific specimen Epimedium for the garden. $25

Epimedium x 'Flamingo Dancer'

E. × ‘Flamingo Dancer’ (Cc. 031432)
A Japanese selection named by Diana Reeck of Collector’s Nursery. Produces clusters of two-toned bright pink flowers. A narrow, deep cherry pink cup moves into lighter pink spurs subtended by darker sep-als. Bright white spur tips make for a lively color combination. Each full panicle of bright flowers arches gracefully out over the beautifully speckled spring foliage. 10” high. Fall ship only$25

Epimedium x 'Koharu'

Epimedium × ‘Koharu’  (Cc. 050031)

Another floriferous Japanese selection. Medium sized flowers cover this plant. Flowers have a lavender pink cup backed by a lighter pink and white sepals with pink edges and spurs that lighten toward the tips. Flowers are held on dark red pedicels. The small spring leaflets edged in a thin red line.  $18

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 'Kuki'

Epimedium × ‘Kuki’ (Cc. 050002)

Heavy clusters of flowers dripping with deeply saturated color distin-guish this beautiful Japanese selection. Numerous full clusters of red-dish-purple flowers bloom against a background of fresh spring-green foliage. Each curved spur is tipped in white. A thin red line scribes the edge of each medium-sized new spring leaflet.  $22

Epimedium x 'Lilac Cascade'

Epimedium x ‘Lilac Cascade’  (Cc. 950236)

***2001 Cobblewood Introduction***


 


What an incredible plant! In spring the new foliage emerges in beautiful shades of rose and pink. By bloom time, the leaflets turn almost solid green with a purplish-red border, forming a perfect mound of cascading foliage. Just above the leaves are clusters of rich violet-lavender flowers. Later, a second flush of vibrant hot raspberry-pink foliage emerges and remains colorful for several weeks. 6 to 8” tall in bloom with the second flush to 10”.  From Darrell Probst's cross between E. sempervirens ‘Candy Hearts’ and E. grandiflorum ‘Yubae’. The foliage is like the former— semi-evergreen, medium-sized round hearts.  $22

Epimedium x 'Making Waves'

Epimedium x ‘Making Waves’  (Cc. 031433)

A 2003 Collector’s Nursery introduction.  This late blooming gem is deciduous, clumping form and notable for the very wavy edged leaflets which creates a nice textural component in the garden. A soft, irregular maroon band accentuates the undulating edge of the spring leaflets.  Long spurred flowers are mauve-pink accented with soft pink on dark, nodding stems held well above the foliage.   $18 

E. x 'Mine No Fubuki'

E. × ‘Mine-No-Fubuki’    (Cc. 050035)

A delicate Japanese cultivar with chocolate-tinted new foliage, which balloons up to convex, light-green leaflets edged in bronze. Dainty, bell-shaped, spur-less flowers hang from drooping pedicels. They emerge a deep mauve and fade to a light lavender-pink. Delicate in flower with handsome, bold foliage to 14”.  $18

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 'Pink Champagne'

Epimedium x ‘Pink Champagne’ (Cc. 990618)

***2007 Cobblewood Introduction***


Perhaps the most all around beautiful Epimedium of those that Darrell has developed so far! Upright, heavy flowered panicles of pink and raspberry flowers float well above handsome, mottled foliage in spring. Medium pink sepals cap the top of each widely-arched spur. From the yellow spur tips that reveal their treasure of nectar, the color changes from white to a rich, berry pink, as if the cup was dipped in raspberry sorbet. Elongated, evergreen medium-sized arrow-shaped leaflets contrast purple mottling against a green background. A vigorous grower, it puts on an incredible show with rebloom if it is happy in its environment. 12" tall with flower stems reaching 16".  $30

E. x 'Serendipity'

Epimedium x 'Serendipity'  (Cc. 060300)


***2017 Cobblewood Introduction***


A chance open-pollinated seedling of E. pauciflorum brought to my attention by to Elaine Chittenden of Smith College Botanic Garden, this selection is an excellent white-flowered, spreading Epimedium-- a rare find. Low and vigorous with loads of cheerful, white flowers (touched with light lavender, but they “read” as white) are scattered 8 to 10” above small, chocolate-edged and irregularly speckled leaflets-- quite unlike any E. pauciflorum I know. Similar to E. grandiflorum var. higoense in size and shape, but it spreads with 1-4” long rhizomes, mak-ing a 4-6” high, dense groundcover, perfect for small gardens or small spaces. Semi-evergreen. Now how is that for a happy chance!  $22

Epimedium x 'Sunshowers'

Epimedium x ‘Sunshowers’  (Cc. 050101)

***2008 Cobblewood Introduction***


This diminutive in bloom, but fast growing cultivar was created by friend Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm. Cheerful, medium-sized light yellow flowers with straight, outfacing spurs are backed by short pink sepals. Numerous, erect flower panicles are held high above the foliage to 8”. Small spring leaflets are showered with red speckles. Re-blooms with secondary flushes of flecked growth to 14" for added appeal. This long blooming clone literally “rains” flowers. Semi-evergreen.   $22

E. x 'Tanima No Yuki'

Epimedium × ‘Tanima No Yuki’   (Cc. 050040)

A charming Japanese cultivar with deep rosy-mauve, bell-shaped hanging flowers held above red stained and speckled medium-sized green leaves to 10”. Provides a riot of color in spring.  $18

Epimedium x 'Yokihi'

Epimedium ‘Yokihi’ (Cc. 050030)

An outstanding late-blooming Japanese cross between E. davidii and E. grandiflorum ‘Yubae’, this clumping hybrid produces long arching 18” spikes of large spidery flowers. The dramatic flowers have a flared creamy yellow cup and long, slender spurs backed by short, bright reddish pink inner sepals. Medium green angular leaflets are flushed with bronzy red in spring.   $25

E. x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'

E. 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 rubrum

Epimedium rubrum     (Cc. 920042)

Often listed as variety or cultivar of E. alpinum, it is said to be a hybrid between E. alpinum and E. grandiflorum, however the colorful spring foliage could only have come from E. sempervirens ‘Violet Queen’. This slow-spreading hybrid (rhizomes 2-4”) is an excellent groundcover, forming a thick mass of medium-sized leaflets on 16” stems. Foliage flushes cherry-red in spring. The abundantly produced medium-sized flowers have red sepals, creamy-yellow spurs. Drought tolerant.   $8

Epimedium x rubrum 'Sweetheart'

Epimedium rubrum  ‘Sweetheart’   (Cc. 930007)

***1997 Cobblewood Introduction***


This cultivar easily rivals Hosta as a bold textural garden accent. The first of Darrell Probst's Epimedium introductions, resulting from a 1991 cross he made between E. sempervirens  ‘Candy Hearts’ and E. alpinum. Flowers with dark rose-red sepals bloom above and below the leaves. Leaflets are much larger, darker green and more rounded than is typical. Large, shiny new leaflets bear a thin red rim in spring. Semi-evergreen. 16" tall. A far superior clone, equally as drought tolerant as E. x rubrum.   $10

Epimedium x sasakii Cc 950137

Epimedium sasakii  (Cc. 950137)

In Japan, wherever the habitats of E. sempervirens and E. x setosum overlap, hybrids occur. These highly variable hybrids were given the name E. x sasakii by Japanese botanists. However, the name is still little recognized by western botanists. All of the clones we've grown so far are semi-evergreen. 6” tall in bloom, second flush to 16”. Small, charming dark grayish-lavender flowers. In spring the leaflets are defined by a dark, thin, mascara-like maroon line at the edge of the leaf. Fall color changes to a taupe or sometimes scarlet with green veining.  $8

Epimedium x sasakii 'Melody'

Epimedium sasakii  ‘Melody’  (Cc. 950230)

***2001 Cobblewood Introduction***


A hybrid between E. x setosum and E. sempervirens—violet, from Harold Epstein’s garden. Medium-sized, spiny, semi-evergreen leaves form a dense clump 7” tall. Lime-green new leaflets are attractively flecked with dark purple in spring. Numerous sprays of small light lavender flowers with tiny, sharply down-curving spurs appear above the foliage to 12”. The foliage often turns red with green veins in autumn. Offers a beautiful flower/foliage combination and is a distinctive addition to the garden.   $16 

Epimedium x versicolor 'Cherry Tart'

Epimedium versicolor   ‘Cherry Tart’  (Cc. 970064)

***1999 Cobblewood Introduction***


A spontaneous seedling originating in the garden of Judy Springer, formerly of Great Falls, VA. Erect stems sport numerous, outfacing flowers. Large, rose pink inner-sepals back flaming, cherry-red spurs with a bright, lemon-rimmed cup. Spreads slowly by 2-4” long rhizomes. Medium-sized leaflets handsomely flushed with reddish-purple in spring with a mustard to purple blush in fall. 12-15”. Semi-evergreen. $15

Epimedium x versicolor 'Cupreum'

Epimedium versicolor    ‘Cupreum’  (Cc. 950143)

Thanks to Carla Lankow of Renton, WA for the original stock of this captivating plant. With the same parents as ‘Versicolor’, it is similar, but has a slightly deeper flower color and more intensely red spring foliage with green venation. Usually with more numerous, slightly smaller leaflets per leaf, each more angular and less rounded. Foliage to 9”. In comparison, it also is more floriferous than 'Versicolor'. Flowers to 14”. Rhizomes grow 4-5” inches/year. Semi-evergreen with deep orange to maroon fall color.   $18

Epimedium x versicolor 'Neosulphureum'

E. versicolor   ‘Neosulphureum’  (Cc. 920044)


Undeservedly rare in cultivation, this counterpart to the more com­mon ‘Sulphureum’ is shorter and semi-spreading with 2-4” rhizomes that form a tight groundcover. Pale yellow flowers are held on 12” erect, airy sprays. Flower spurs half as long as the inner-sepals. Spring leaflets are nicely bronzed on stems 6-8” and form a darker background against which to view the soft yellow flowers. Semi-evergreen.    $8

Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum'

Epimedium versicolor   ‘Sulphureum’  (Cc. 840002)

(Synonym: E. pallidum)

One of the very few herbaceous perennials that persist in abandoned gardens after decades of neglect. Superb in mass plantings, it spreads 4-5” a year, forming a thick groundcover of leaves that holds its own against weeds. Long sprays of pale yellow flowers with spurs nearly equal in length to the inner-sepals are produced above leaflets flushed red in spring. 16" tall. Semi-evergreen leaves. $8

Epimedium x versicolor 'Versicolor'

E. versicolor  ‘Versicolor’  (Cc. 890006)

(syn. E. x versicolor 'Discolor')

Quite rare in gardens, this has long been one of our favorite clones. Delicate flowers open a deep, rich salmon, and fade over the course of several days. Large panicles of flowers hover above leaflets strongly flushed with red in spring. Spreads 4 to 5" a year forming a gorgeous mass of riotous color in spring. 14" tall. Semi-evergreen. $12

Epimedium x youngianum 'Azusa'

Epimedium x youngianum  ‘Azusa’  (Cc. 950048)

Large, crisp and clean, bright white flowers have long spurs and red outer-sepals and are held aloft the foliage on thin wiry red pedicels. Medium-sized, deep green leaflets of good substance have a striking silver overlay along the main veins, extending out over the leaf and lasting the entire season. 7” tall in bloom, second flush to 12”.    $10

E x youngianum 'Fairy Dust'

E. youngianum  ‘Fairy Dust’ (Cc. 950241)

***2004 Cobblewood Introduction***


 

Small, simple, lavender-pink flowers with small white spurs lift their faces above the foliage in spring. The color deepens toward the edge of each flower part. Fresh spring leaves have the texture of silk and are tinted in a delicate shade of mocha. Compact growth at 7” in bloom, and flowers to 10”, creating a neat and tidy effect.  $15

Epimedium x youngianum 'Freckles'

Epimedium youngianum  ‘Freckles’  (Cc. 950080) 

***2000 Cobblewood Introduction***


 


'Freckles' is a seedling that appeared in Harold Epstein’s garden among a mass of ‘Milky Way’, an obvious parent. Large grandiflorum –like flowers with white inner-sepals are flushed and veined lavender with white spurs. Introduced for its pure flower colors, but named for its lively, small spring leaflets, generously speckled in purple. 7” in bloom to 18”.  $10

Epimedium x youngianum 'Hagoromo'

E. youngianum  ‘Hagoromo’  (Cc. 980091)

New growth is flushed purple, and matures to olive-green with a contrasting white star pattern at the veins near the leaf base. Medium-sized dainty white flowers appear among the foliage on deep-red petioles. The flowers are backed by narrow lavender/pink sepals, each edged in a crisp white line. 8” in bloom, growing to 12”.   $12

Epimedium x youngianum 'Jenny Wren'

Epimedium youngianum  ‘Jenny Wren’  (Cc. 990568)

***2003 Cobblewood Introduction***


 A dainty cultivar from the garden of John Marchacos, Berlin, CT.  The small, dark green spring leaflets are speckled and splotched with burgundy against a softer purple wash like the markings of a tiny wren’s egg. Light, lavender-pink, medium-sized flowers stand perky and bright against the mottled foliage. 5” in bloom, to 12”.  $12

Epimedium x youngianum 'Lilliputian'

E. youngianum ‘Liliputian’  (Cc. 950128)

Friend Judy Springer shared this Don Jacobs (Eco Gardens) introduc­tion with Darrell. A true miniature with tiny light green leaflets delicately peppered with maroon purple flecks. Only 2” tall in first bloom with 4” flower stems. Showy medium-sized, creamy-white flowers are profuse and similar to those of E. grandiflorum in shape. Second flush to 7” produces additional speckled leaflets.   $12

Epimedium x youngianum 'Little Shield'

Epimedium youngianum  ‘Little Shield’ (Cc. 950240)

***2004 Cobblewood Introduction***


Distinctive shield-shaped leaves are part of this plant’s allure. In spring a soft overlay of milky mocha covers the small to medium-sized leaves, heavily indented at the veins. 8” tall in bloom, with numerous, perky 3/4” white flowers held above the foliage. Spurs slightly longer than sepals. Semi-evergreen$12 

Epimedium x youngianum 'Marchacos Sprite'

E. youngianum  ‘Marchacos Sprite’  (Cc. 990566) 

***2003 Cobblewood Introduction***


A spontaneous hybrid from the garden of John Marchacos of Berlin, CT, this lively offering sports a profusion of medium-sized, deli­cately crafted rose-pink flowers held aloft medium-sized spring leaflets washed in a soft purple. White highlights the edge of the cup and the very thin straight spurs that are held at a downward angle.   $12

 

Epimedium x youngianum 'Milk Chocolate'

Epimedium youngianum  ‘Milk Chocolate’

(Cc. 990616) 

***2005 Cobblewood Introduction***


 ‘Milky Way’ sometimes produces sporadic new spring leaflets that are nearly solid purple. Darrell once found an entirely purple leaf, selected that division, and began propagating it to stabilize the characteristic. The resulting ‘Milk Chocolate’ produces small chocolate-purple leaves with tiny green flecks in spring. The color remains for weeks in contrast with the multitudes of white, medium-sized flowers. Semi-evergreen. 6” in bloom, to 12”. $22

Epimedium x youngianum 'Milky Way'

E. youngianum  ‘Milky Way’  (Cc. 920046)

This Dick Weaver introduction ­has pristine, medium-sized white flowers with long spurs. The new spring foliage is attractively speckled with a multitude of deep purple markings. At maturity, the small semi-evergreen leaflets display an attractive persistent silver overlay on the main veins. 6" in bloom. Second growth to 12".  $12

Epimedium x youngianum 'Murasaki Sikibu'

Epimedium youngianum  ‘Murasaki Sikibu’  (Cc. 970202)

Purchased in Japan in 1997 at Gotemba Nursery, located in the shadow of Mt. Fuji. An adorable plant with a first flush of flowers on short 5” stems. The second flush of leaves/flowers to 9”. Very small new leaflets tinged with purple/brown. Medium-sized flowers have dark rose-purple inner-sepals, paler petals with nearly white, short spurs. $8

Epimedium x youngianum 'Purple Heart'

E.  x youngianum  ‘Purple Heart’  (Cc. 950234)                  

***2000 Cobblewood Introduction***


A Darrell Probst hybrid from a cross between E. grandiflorum var. violaceum and E. x youngianum ‘Pink Star’. Unlike other varieties where the purple spring foliage emerges at its darkest, and then fades, these small, semi-evergreen leaflets unfurl a greenish-purple and deepen to black-pur­ple. The foliage color is especially striking as a foil for the small, bi-colored light pinkish-lavender and white flowers. The leaves fade to green in sum­mer, but deepen to a dark purple again in fall.  Early blooming for an x youngianum. $15

Epimedium x youngianum 'Royal Flush'

E. youngianum  ‘Royal Flush’ (Cc. 950239) 

***2004 Cobblewood Introduction***


New leaflets emerge a rich chestnut, changing to a bright bur­gundy mottling between green veins with the deepest color toward the edges. First flush of beautiful, thick foliage rises to 9” and holds its brilliant spring colors longer than most. Medium–sized light lavender flowers have white spur tips. Lighter tones highlight the edge of the cup. Second flush of colorful foliage to 14”. Semi-evergreen.   $15

Epimedium x youngianum 'Starlet'

E. x youngianum 'Starlet' (Cc. 031431)

Introduced by Diana Reeck of Collector's Nursery. Charming medium pink/lavender blooms float over a base of medium-sized elongated leaflets, each edge sponged with deep red in spring. Lighter pink to white highlights the backs of the sepals, the edges of the petals, and the tips of the spurs. Wiry red flower stems complement the spring color of the leaflets. A long-blooming, light and airy and very floriferous selection. 6" in bloom, with a second growth flush of colorful foliage to 11".  $12

Epimedium x youngianum 'Tamabotan'

Epimedium youngianum  ‘Tamabotan’ 

(Cc. 930011)

(Synonyms: We Du Special, Special Pink and ‘Pink Ruffles’)

Medium-sized silvery lavender flowers flushed with light lavender hover above new foliage tinted purple with a unique turquoise cast. Petals/inner-sepals similar in size and shape, give the flower a “double” appearance. Small leaflets. 8” in bloom, to 18-20”.  $12

Epimedium x youngianum 'White Cloud'

Epimedium youngianum  ‘White Cloud’  (Cc. 950232)

***2001 Cobblewood Introduction***


‘White Cloud’ blows the roof off bud count with an astounding number of flower stems per plant. With a few hours of sun each day, it literally yields clouds of small, white flowers on 6-10” stems. Each small spring leaflet sports a pale purple perimeter band. A Darrell Probst (always searching for a higher bud count) hybrid.  $15 

Astilbe x 'Cobblewood Shooting Stars'

Astilbe x ‘Cobblewood Shooting Stars’
***2008 Cobblewood™ Introduction***

These truly unique miniature Astilbes emerge, with soft, reddish, moss-like foliage. In mid July,  it  produces a perfectly proportioned white flower plume, held above stiff, lustrous, jagged-edged rosette of dark green leaves. The large sprays of white flowers are open and airy to 10”. Leaves to 5". The latest of the three Cobblewood dwarfs to bloom. Not available 2017. 

Jeffersonia dubia

Jeffersonia dubia

Blooms very early, before the Epimediums emerge, but fades quickly if the weather gets hot. Blossoms 1" in diameter are of the palest blue-lavender and are held above rounded, wavy-edged leaves. Plants bloom at 6”, each leaf expands to 4” diam. Forms a dense clump 12” tall. These plants are 3-year seedlings as Jeffersonia still defies division. (Photo by Jan Sacks) $15

Jeffersonia dubia "Dark Centers"

Jeffersonia dubia “Dark Centers”

This plant provides a pop of welcome early spring color as soon as the ground thaws. New leaflets emerge a rusty brown color to contrast with the periwinkle blue/lavender petals. A cranberry colored ovary and dark purple/black anthers add to its charm. Three year old seedlings from plants Darrell collected in the wild in Korea.  $22

Polygonatum odoratum 'Carlisle'

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Carlisle’ 


A brilliantly variegated Japanese Solomon Seal with much wider white margins than are typical, and a slightly shorter stature-18-20”. The stems also have a slight red tint. Spreads slowly, making an excellent, showy groundcover. Great for brightening up dark spaces in the shade garden.   $15

Trillium pusillum 'Roadrunner'

Trillium pusillum  ‘Roadrunner’

***2007 Joe Pye Weed's Garden Introduction***


Trilliums are notoriously slow to propagate. While this diminuitive species propagates faster than most, this clone grows particularly rapidly, making a substantial, floriferous clump in just a few years. New spring leaves emerge dark purple, almost black, and remain so as the 1-1/2” white, tri-petaled flowers open. Each petal has a rosy reverse. Foliage matures to green as the flowers blush to pink as they age.  Never fails to draw attention during our open nursery weekends. $15

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