A UK National Collection


Epimedium x perralchicum 'Fröhnleiten'

Description –   This is a one of several named clones of a cross between E. perralderianum and E. pinnatum subs. colchicum, which has been around for up to a century or more. They are all excellent ground cover plants for partial shade and show some drought resistance when well established. This is one of the tough older varieties of Epimedium, which I would recommend cutting off all of last year’s foliage, during early spring, to better display the flowers. This can be done with shears providing the timing is right. Too early and the leaf removal may leave the new flower stems more vulnerable to frost damage. Leave it too late and the new flowers will be too tall and sheared off with the old leaves. It is a matter of checking the development of the young shoots and cutting before they get too tall.

This German variety has attractive reddish colouration to the young leaves at the same time as the cheerful bright yellow flowers.