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Epimedium x warleyense 'Ellen Willmott'



To be honest, I have no idea what to make of this one. I have obtained it from two different sources in case I had the wrong thing by mistake, but this seems to be the proper bearer of the name. It implies that it is Ellen Willmotts original seedling of the hybrid, but it isn't. The hybrid between E.alpinum and E.pinnatum colchicum is a red orange flowered plant. My plant of E.x warleyense is the real thing, I am confident, though if anybody has time to check, the painting of it commissioned by Ellen Willmott, and used as the basis for identifying the hybrid by William Stearn must be about somewhere, and what with one thing and another, it is probably held by the RHS in the Lindley Library (or at least, that would be my first port of call, if I had the time).
If the original clone is to bear a cultivar name, then it should properly be 'Willmottiae', a name with a much older pedigree!

28th April 2006

However, I would put money on it that this isn't even a form of E.x warleyense. It seems to me to be a form of E.x cantabridgiense (or possibly a small flowered E.alpinum).

7th May 2006



22nd April 2007



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12th April 2009