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Epimedium  grandiflorum

The "big-flowered" Epimedium grandiflorum comes from Japan.

Phillip Franz von Siebold brought her to Europe in 1830.
Until then, there was only one Epimedium known and that was a rather unremarkable small-flowered species (E. alpinum).

Epimedium grandiflorum is a very variable species and there are many different cultivars from Japan.
She is also involved in several important crosses (E. x rubrum, E. x versicolor, E. x youngianum).

The flower color varies from white and creamy white to pink, rose-violet and purple, depending on the variety.

Epimedium grandiflorum is a deciduous perennial.
This has the great advantage that you do not have to cut back the old leaves in spring.

It's native to Japan (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku), North Korea and Northeast China.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Akagiza Kura'

E.grdfl.Akagiza_Kurab_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Akagiza_Kura_17_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Akagiza_Kura_18_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Akagiza_Kura_19_3x2.jpgThis variety amazes with a (for Epimediums) absolutely exceptional flower color.

Very floriferous.

The apple green foliage contrasts well with the flowers.

Height 40 cm.

Origin Japan.

Unfortunately, it grows very slowly, making it a real treasure.

(It is possible that the cultivar name should be 'Akagi Zakura' or even 'Akagi Sakura' meaning "red cherry blossom')

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Akebono'

E.grdfl.Akebono_1601_3x2.jpg Free-flowering cultivar.

White with lilac pink.

Has got "excellent" ratings in trials of perennials.

25 cm tall

"Akebono" is Japanese for "dawn", "daybreak" or "beginning".

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Epimedium  grandiflorum   'Bicolor Giant'

Two-colored cultivar with Japanese origin.

60 cm tall.



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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Chris Norton'

E.grdfl.Chris_Norton2_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Chris_Norton3_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Chris_Norton4_3x2.jpgVery beautiful two-colored flowers.

Height 30 cm.

The origin of this variety is not known to me yet.

Possibly named after the pianist and composer Christopher Norton.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Circe'  CC 950244

E.grdfl.Circe03_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Circe01_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Circe02_3x2.jpgLarge-flowered variety from Japan.

Similar to E.grandiflorum 'Yubae' but producing much more flowers.

Great leaf coloring in spring.

Height 60 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Creeping Yellow'

Low growing white-flowered variety.

Who has come up with this name? ...

With dark margins on the new spring foliage.

Only 20 cm tall.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Dark Beauty'

Description coming soon...




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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Freya'

E.grdfl.Freya4_3x2.jpgSynonym: E. grandiflorum 'Violaceum Nanum'.

Large-flowered dwarf form with dark leaf margins on the young foliage.

20 cm tall.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Kotobuki'

E.Kotobuki_1641_3x2.jpgE.Kotobuki_1642_3x2.jpgVery nice bicolored cultivar from Japan.

White and pink flowers.

Free-flowering.

Height 50 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Kusudama'

Description coming soon...




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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Lilac Seedling'

E.Lilac_Seedling_01_3x2.jpgE.Lilac_Seedling_02_3x2.jpgE.Lilac_Seedling_03_3x2.jpgE.Lilac_Seedling_15_3x2.jpgFrom the Washfield Nursery.

Large-flowered variety with very attractive spring foliage.

Pale pink flowers.

Height about 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Lilafee'

E.grdfl.Lilafee_3x2.jpgWell-known and popular selection by Ernst Pagels.

Relatively large-flowered, violet-purple with lighter spur tips.

Very dark spring foliage.

Emerges late, therefore rarely damaged by late frosts.

Beautiful autumn coloration.

Height 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Mount Kitadake'

E.grdfl.Mount_Kitadake_01_3x2.jpgE.grdfl.Mount_Kitadake_02_3x2.jpgLarge-flowered dwarf form.

Pink-purple flowers.

Beautiful autumn coloration.

Height 25 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Mugawa Gen Pan'

E.grdfl.Mugawa_Gen_Pan_1641_3x2.jpgE.grdfl.Mugawa_Gen_Pan_1642_3x2.jpgNewer Japanese hybrid.

Bicolored flowers, pink and white.

45 cm tall.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Nanum'

fotofehlt.jpgSmall-leaved dwarf variety with dark leaf margin.

Pure white flowers.

Bronze-colored spring foliage.

Height 20 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Princess Susan'

E.Princess_Susan_3x2.jpg E.Princess_Susan_2_3x2.jpgBeautiful two-colored variety.

Petals white, sepals strong pink.

Growing slowly.

Height 25 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Purple Pixie'

images/E.grdfl.Purple_Pixie_1601_3x2.jpgRelatively new cultivar from the USA.

Supposedly a sport of Epimedium grandiflorum 'Album'.

Petals purplish, spurs rather white towards the tip. Sepals purple.

Height 25 cm.

This is a protected cultivar.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Purple Prince'

images/E.grdfl.Purple_Prince_1601_3x2.jpgE.grdfl.Purple_Prince_1602_3x2.jpgJapanese variety with medium sized flowers.

Flowers in deepest purple.

Floriferous.

Height 50 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Queen Esta'

E.grdfl.Queen_Esta6_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Queen_Esta4_3x2.jpgBeautiful cultivar from the garden of Harold Epstein. He named it after his wife.

Beautiful dark spring foliage.

Pink/purple flowers.

Height about 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum   'Rubinkrone'

fotofehlt.jpgSelection by Ernst Pagels.

Purple flowers with bright spur tips.

Very floriferous.

Height about 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Shiho'

fotofehlt.jpgCompact growing cultivar.

Purple flowers.

20 cm tall.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Silver Queen'

fotofehlt.jpgOld cultivar.

White flowers with pale pink sepals.

30 cm tall.


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Epimedium  grandiflorum  'Spring Wedding'

A cultivar with very nice spring foliage.
The young leaves adorn themselves with a brown-red margin.

Floriferous.

Flowers pale pink and white.

Height about 25 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum   'Tancho'

Very special cultivar from Japan.

Flowers light pink and dark pink.

Growing slowly.

Height 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum   'Yellow Princess'

E.grdfl.koreanum.Yellow_Princess_3x2.jpg E.grdfl.Yellow_Princess-2b_3x2.jpgLight yellow flowering variety from Japan.

Height 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum   'Yubae'

E.grdfl.Yubae_3x2.jpgThis old Japanese variety can be found under different wrong names: 'Crimson', 'Crimson Beauty', 'Crimson Queen', 'Red Beauty', 'Red Queen', often 'Rose Queen' or 'Roseum'.

Large pink flowers. Floriferous.

Beautiful bronze-colored spring foliage.

Height 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  f.  flavescens  #1

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  f.   flavescens  'Aomori Forms'

E.grdfl.f.flavescens_Aomori_Forms_01_3x2.jpgRobust form from the Aomori prefecture on Honshu, Japan.

Cream colored flowers.

Knee high, large leaves.

Very nicely colored foliage in spring.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  f.  flavescens  'La Rocaille'

E.grdfl.f.flavescens.La_Rocaille_3x2.jpgA special light yellow flowering form.

Big robust plant.

Height 60 cm.

Beautiful autumn coloration.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  ssp.   cremeum

fotofehlt.jpgEspecially large-flowered subspecies.

Creamy flower.

Height 40 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  var.   coelestre

fotofehlt.jpgRare variety from Japan.

Flower cream colored.

Growing slowly.

Height 25 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  var.  higoense

fotofehlt.jpgAnother wild form.

This dwarf variety comes from the former Japanese province of Higo on the island of Kyushu.

White flowers.

Height 20 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  var.  higoense  'Bandit'

E.Bandit_01_3x2.jpgE.Bandit_02_3x2.jpgA selection of the variety higoense.

The young leaves have a dark brown border.

White flowers. Very floriferous.

Height 20 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  var.   koreanum

E.gk_01_3x2.jpgE.gk_02_3x2.jpgWild form from Korea.

White flowers.

Beautiful in spring and also with nice autumn coloration.

Height 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  var.   thunbergii

Free flowering variety of Epimedium grandiflorum.

The flowers are larger than usually.

Red violet flowers.

Height 30 cm.

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Epimedium  grandiflorum  (white flowers / red stems)

Description coming soon...




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