How Do You Grow Barrenwort?
Epimedium, also known as barrenwort or Bishop’s miter, is a beautiful addition to shade-loving perennial gardens. The leaves resemble the shape of a bishop’s hat, which explains one of its names, and mounds to about 12 inches tall. Most of the species of barrenwort have clusters of small, star-shaped flowers that range in colors from white, cream, yellow, pink or rose. It makes a wonderful groundcover and some of its species are evergreen. Depending upon the variety, barrenwort is suitable for USDA zones 4 to 9. Select the site for the barrenwort. It needs dappled shade with protection from strong winds. It requires a moist, but well-drained soil that is heavily enriched with organic matter at least weeks before planting. Plant the barrenwort in the early spring. Dig a hole that is larger than the plant’s container. Remove the barrenwort carefully from the container and put it in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and tamp down gently to remove air bubbles. Water to settle the soil. Dep