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Epimedium x youngianum 'Purple Heart'

23rd April 2009

Although it might at first sight seem like a contender for the 'worst imaginative name of the year' award, this pretty little white flowered form of the hybrid has distinctive purple young leaves at flowering time.
I got it from Plant Delights nursery and their catalogue entry reads:

"Epimedium x youngianum 'Purple Heart' is a 2000 Darrell Probst introduction from his cross of E. grandiflorum var. violaceum and E. x youngianum 'Pink Star'. The purple-tinged leaflets become darker as they mature, providing a stunning backdrop for the near-white flowers. While the leaves on this tight clumper eventually turn green as the weather warms, they once again take on the purple color as fall arrives."


  • Barker, David G. - Epimedium and other herbaceous Berberidaceae, Hardy Plant Society, 1997
  • Stearn, William T. - Epimedium, 2002.
  • Plant Delights Nursery. https://www.plantdelights.com/products/epimedium-youngianum-purple-heart . Acessed 01.04.2021