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Epimedium 'Pink Elf'

 
Epimedium 'Pink Elf'
barrenwort; fairy wings

Common name barrenwort; fairy wings
Family berberidaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-8)
Flowers pink (spring)
Size 10-16"
Light part-full shade

Hybrid epimedium, a cross between E. leptorrhizum and E. pubescens. It features evergreen foliage, and pink flowers in early spring, starting around the middle of April. From a distance, they looks like a pale pink, but closer observation reveals a fine streaking or splashing of purple-pink on white petals, with a sepia underside to the flowers, giving the impression of odd birds or insects hovering in mid-air.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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