‘Creeping Yellow’ is neither particularly creeping nor are the flowers yellow, but in fact white. The yellow in the name refers instead, to a yellowish colour to the leaves, especially when young. The ‘Creeping’ in the name perhaps alludes to the fact that it is a shorter growing variety of E. grandiflorum. It is in reality I quietly attractive little plant for a raised bed or rockery in partial shade.
General information on Epimedium grandiflorum
Distribution – Japan (Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu and Hokiado). Northern Korea and southern Manchuria.
Description – A medium sized fairly deciduous species with widespread distribution through Japan etc. growing in deciduous woodland. It was introduced to Great Britain in the 1830s. With its wide geographical range through the various Japanese islands etc., a good deal of variation has occurred. Flower colour of the plants found in the wild varies widely: yellow, white, pink, lilac and reddish to purple. Add to this the large number of plants attributed to E grandiflorum that have arisen in cultivation and there may be hundreds of cultivars already named.
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Creeping Yellow'