A UK National Collection


Epimedium grandiflorum 'Purple Prince'

'Purple Prince' seems appropriately named as the flowers are a strong purple in some of my pictures below. However some are much paler. These maybe incorrectly labelled or a plant at a different stage or under different lighting. I have plants from two different nurseries and I will endeavour to sort it out this spring. 

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.