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Epimedium diphyllum

17th May 2005

If ever a plant could be described as elfin, it must surely be Epimedium diphyllum from Japan. Semi-evergreen, but unfortunately the old foliage looks like an attack of moths in an old persons wardrobe.

In spring the gorgeous white flowers are produced among the copper tinted new leaves with their distinctive paired leaflets. It is a tiny little blob of tufty freshness in spring, more delightful than opening a box of chocolates and finding that your favourites haven't been eaten yet. It doesn't really spread, just digs its heels in and stays put. Heaves a deep sigh and expires in the presence of thuggish neighbours.

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  • Barker, David G. - Epimedium and other herbaceous Berberidaceae, Hardy Plant Society, 1997
  • Stearn, William T. - Epimedium, 2002.