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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Epimedium x versicolor 'Suphureum'
BISHOP'S HAT, BISHOP'S MITRE
Pronounced: ep-ee-MEE-dee-um VERS-ih-kul-or
Sunset zones: 2-9, 14-17.
USDA zones: 5-9.
Heat zones: 9-4.
Height: 12 inches (15-30 cm).
Width: 3 feet (1 m).
Mid to late spring.
Flowers have pale yellow sepals with bright yellow petals and deep yellow short spurs.
Evergreen, heart-shaped, green leaves.
Full sun to partial shade.
Humus rich, fertile, well-drained, dry to medium soil.
Divide in autumn or after flowering.
Shear plants back to the ground in late winter, to keep the flowers above the foliage.
Rainy Side Notes
E. 'Suphureum' is a cross between E. grandiflorum and E. pinnatum subsp. colchicum. It will creep slowly, about four to six inches each year, forming a weed-suppressing mat. In late winter, the leaves are a leathery burgundy color. At this time, the leaves are cut to the ground to allow for new leaves and flowers to show at their best. New leaves emerge with red tints in spring.
Photographed in author's garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.