Epiimedium wushanense Og. 93.019

The above pictures are Epimedium wushanense, Ogisui collection almost certainly Og. 93.019

Epimedium wushanense nova from Chen Yi

Epiimedium wushanense Og. 93.020

Epimedium wushanense Og. 93.019

Epimedium wushanense 'blue' flowered form, from Chen Yi.

Epimedium wushanense 'Caramel' Og 92.009

Distribution  - China,  Sichuan province.

Description –   A medium to large sized evergreen species with often very long leaflets.

This is one that has become more confusing of late. Towards the end of the last millennium there were two plants generally available under this name. Both were collected in China by the Japanese botanist Mikinori Ogisu. These were his yellow selection  Og 93.019 and Og 92.009 which became E. wushanense ‘Caramel’ because of the flower colour. More recently it seems these may not be exactly this species and that plants being distributed as E. wushanense nova are ‘the real thing'. To confuse matters further there is a plant of completely different habit, E.  wushanense nova 'Spiny Leaved Form' cc 014631 which has become available. These ‘nova’ forms are derived from collections of Chen Yi and Darrell Probst.

Whether plants purchased as a form of E. wushanense will have bold foliage and good sized flowers and have great presence in the woodland garden, when established.. Our most spectacular nova type originally from Chen Yi is a yard high with long pointed leaflets around nine inches long.

Epimedium wushanense 'blue' flowered form, from Chen Yi..

Epimedium wushanense

A UK National Collection

Epimediums

Epimedium wushanense nova from Edrom Nurseries as E. latisepalum.

Epimedium wushanense 'Caramel' Og 92.009

Epimedium wushanense 'blue' flowered form, from Chen Yi.

Epimedium wushanense nova from Edrom Nurseries as E. latisepalum

Epimedium wushanense nova from Koen Van Poucke