The captivating heart-shaped leaves of Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Fröhnleiten’ are very happy in shade, making this low-growing evergreen perennial invaluable year-round ground cover.
Native to Europe and Asia, where it is found in woodland and scrub, this fully hardy low-growing perennial, is very happy growing in shady spots, where it will form spreading clumps of gorgeous foliage. In maturity it will reach 0.5m high and 1m tall.
The star of the show is the heart-shaped, tinted leathery leaves, atop their slender stems. In spring and autumn, the foliage of Epimedium ‘Fröhnleiten’ turns a marbled coppery-red, intersected by distinctive green veins. The leaves are a bright luscious green throughout the rest of the year.
Even better, airy sprays of dainty pendulous, star-shaped canary-yellow flowers bloom in spring. The flowers are held above the leaves, adding an extra floral dimension to your spring planting.
Related to the Berberis family, Epimedium does best in shade or part shade, and prefers humus-rich moist, but well-drained soil. However, it will fare ok in the sun and is fairly tolerant of most soil pH. Once established, Epimedium is very drought tolerant, good for hot dry summers.
Epimedium ‘Fröhnleiten’ works really well pretty much everywhere, under trees or in borders or banks in shady spots, in pots and containers, on in a cottage garden, showing off its leaves year-round to best-effect.
- Ultimate height 0.5m
- Ultimate spread 1m
- Time to ultimate height 2 – 5 years
- Full sun, Partial shade
- Moist, but well drained humus-rich soil, sheltered position, acid to neutral pH.
- RHS hardiness H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
- Ground cover and underplanting
- Informal and cottage style gardens in beds and borders
- City and courtyard gardens, patios and pots
- Banks and slopes