EPIMEDIUM - youngianum 'Niveum' / Barrenwort
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EPIMEDIUM - youngianum 'Niveum' / Barrenwort


    Epimedium youngianum Niveum, commonly known as Snowy Epimedium or Barrenwort, is a low-growing herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the Berberidaceae family. It is native to China, Japan, and Korea and is widely cultivated for its ornamental value in gardens and landscapes.

    Snowy Epimedium has a clumping growth habit and reaches a height of about 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) with a spread of 12-18 inches (30-46 cm). Its foliage is evergreen, with heart-shaped leaves that are about 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) long and emerge a striking bronze color in spring before maturing to a glossy green. In autumn, the leaves turn an attractive bronze-red color, adding further interest to the garden.

    The plant produces delicate, short-spurred, star-shaped flowers in spring, typically in April or May, on wiry stems rising above the foliage. The flowers are pure white, with a yellow center and delicate pinkish-red highlights. The blooms attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden.

    Snowy Epimedium is a low maintenance plant that thrives in partially shaded to shaded areas with moist, well-draining soils. It is drought tolerant and deer resistant, making it an excellent choice for naturalizing woodland areas, rock gardens, and borders. The plant is hardy in USDA Zones 5-9, making it adaptable to a wide range of climates.

    Overall, Epimedium youngianum Niveum is a charming and versatile plant that adds a touch of elegance to any garden with its attractive foliage and delicate, snowy-white flowers.


    Height 30cm
    Width 45cm
    Bloom Time April-May
    Zone 5