Barrenwort 'Brimstone Butterfly' Epimedium franchetii 'Brimstone Butterfly'
'Brimstone Butterfly' is a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial 45-60cm high, with pinnate leaves, evergreen in mild winters, semi-evergreen in cold winters, formed of three long, narrowly ovate, spiny-edged and sharply tipped leaflets, which emerge tinged with pink and mature to mid-green, and branched spikes up to 45cm long of spidery flowers, of pale yellow sepals and long-spurred, greenish yellow petals, from early spring to early summer; Epimedium leaves may be used for their nests by leaf-cutting bees
About this plant
barrenwort 'Brimstone Butterfly'
No pruning required, but cutting back in late winter or early spring, before flower spikes form, will improve appearance
SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
- Suitable locations
Garden Edging Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Ground Cover City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden
Propagate by division in autumn or after flowering; or by root cuttings of rhizomes, kept under glass in winter, and planted out after all danger of frost has passed
May be affected by vine weevil
May be affected by mosaic virus diseases and fungal leaf spots