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Elsholtzia flava PAB 13.012

A collection from the Japfü massif, Nagaland, NE India, at 1830m asl. This species has broad sumptuous foliage that emerges deep purple and holds this colour for a while, especially at the extremities of the leaves. Terminal heads of small warm-yellow flowers in late autumn. Height approx 1.5m. Mulch over the base in winter to be safe.

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Eomecon chionantha

Eomecon chionantha

Poppy of the Dawn. Crystalline white flowers and handsome shallowly lobed grey-green reniform leaves. Height 45cm. Spreads in shade, making very useful and attractive groundcover.

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Epimedium 'Domino'

One of the finest of not only the modern hybrids, but of all Epimedium. Huge amounts of soft-red centred white flowers are produced on a multitude of burgundy stalks in spring to a height of 60cm, over a wide mound of elongated foliage that emerges heavily speckled with maroon. Superb.

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Epimedium 'Jean O'Neill'

New evergreen floriferous hybrid from Hampshire proving rather tough. Flowers composed of creamy-white sepals with purple, yellow tipped spurs. Glossy, prickly foliage. Height 30cm. Shade and humus rich soil.

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Epimedium 'Pink Champagne'

One of the finest of the new wave of hybrids, raised by Darrel Probst in the USA. This bears a mass of pale-pink, raspberry-red centred flowers on inflorescences up to nearly 40cm long in April. Combining with the flowers is the heavily maroon-speckled new foliage, which expands to be long tapered and evergreen. For humus rich soil in semi-shade

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Epimedium 'Red Maximum'

A new hybrid from Belgium, a cross between E. grandiflorum 'Freya' and E. membranaceum. Dark burgundy flowers to 35cm high in spring and evergreen foliage emerging with nice tints. For humus rich soil in semi-shade.

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Epimedium 'Spine Tingler' CC 001764 (new)

Striking spiny long drawn out foliage with undulate edges emerges coppery-maroon before turning green. Fairly large pale lemon yellow flowers come at the same time in late spring. Humusy soil in shade, not too bone dry. Found wild in China and possibly a new species.

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Epimedium 'Suzuka' (new)

A relatively new Japanese offering with light pink and white flowers in spring. Foliage has subtle bronzy tints on emergence. Hardy and suited to good woodsy soil in shade, not too dry.

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Epimedium 'The Giant'

No truer word was said. Discovered and introduced by Darrell Probst in 2001 from Chongqing and initially sold for $500 a piece, this is like no other Epimedium. Close to E. wushanense, but with vast panicles of soft-yellow, amber centred flowers from 1 to 1.8m tall, seen over a few months from spring!! This needs a little light staking or to be grown up between low shrubs for support, or down a slope.

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Epimedium 'William Stearn' (new)

A cross between E. membranaceum and E. x omeiense, with splendid amounts of spidery flowers with long cherry-red spurs, tipped yellow, backed by mauve-pink sepals. Makes a good evergreen clump to 40cm high, for humus rich soil in semi-shade, not overly dry. One of the finest red flowered Epimedium.

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Epimedium acuminatum 'Night Mistress'

A more compact selection with slightly darker purple and white spurred flowers in spring over heavily purple-red mottled new foliage. Height to 30cm. Partial shade and humus rich soil. Bulks up well. Found by Darrell Probst near Nanchuan, Chongqing, China.

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Epimedium acuminatum L575

Epimedium acuminatum L575

Roy Lancaster's original introduction and one of the very finest forms. Large inflorescences of mauve and white spurred flowers in spring over heavily purple-red mottled new foliage. A mature plant has splendid presence, with its substantial, relatively horizontally held evergreen foliage. Height to 40cm. Partial shade and humus rich soil.

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Epimedium alpinum (new)

From the Balkans and Northern Italy, this hardy drought tolerant species bears bicoloured yellow and garnet-red flowers in spring over subtly red-tinted new foliage, turning bright green. Height 30cm. A tough woodland ground cover for shade or semi-shade, this collection is from Samobor, Croatia.

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Epimedium brachyrrhizum CPC 940447

Epimedium brachyrrhizum CPC 940447

Big, soft violet-pink flowers. New foliage bronzed, matt green later. Good do-er for humusy shade. 30cm. Scarce and choice.

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Epimedium davidii EMR 4125

Epimedium davidii EMR 4125

Bright yellow, spurred flowers in spring over attractive Berberis-like, evergreen foliage. Height 45cm. Part shade.

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Epimedium ecalcaratum Og 93.082

Exquisite spurless yellow flowers in late spring. Attractive evergreen foliage with small leaflets. Height to 30cm. Humus rich soil in shade. A collection from W Sichuan, China.

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Epimedium epsteinii CPC 94.0347

Chunky white and violet flowers; evergreen foliage. Height 30cm. For humusy soil in shade. Very uncommon.

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Epimedium fargesii 'Pink Constellation' Og 93.023

Epimedium fargesii 'Pink Constellation' Og 93.023

Soft lilac-pink, nodding, backswept flowers en-masse in spring over narrow evergreen foliage which emerges heavily washed in soft red. Humus rich soil in shade. Another Mikinori Ogisu collection from China.

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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Red Beauty'

A deciduous species with new foliage expanding reddish-bronze before the rich purple-red flowers rise above in spring. For lime-free soil in shade and humusy soil. Height 25cm

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Epimedium latisepalum Og 91002

Epimedium latisepalum Og 91002

Huge flowers of glistening white and cream. Evergreen foliage. Humus-rich soil in some shade. The type collection from Baoxing Xhian, Xiaoguanzi, Sichuan Province, China.

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