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'Frohnleiten' Barrenwort

Description

  • Yellow flowers attract pollinators in spring.
  • Heart-shaped foliage has red marbling in spring and fall.
  • Grows well in difficult sites, like slopes and dry shade.
  • Deer, rabbit, and disease resistant.
  • Zones 5-9, part sun/shade, 12" tall x 18″ wide at maturity.
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Zone 5-9
Light part sun/shade
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Description Bring your hills to life with the colorful foliage and flowers of 'Frohnleiten' barrenwort (or Epimedium × perralchicum). Foliage emerges in early spring with red and green marbled leaves. Before long, you'll see delightful yellow flowers floating on thin stems, welcoming pollinators to visit mid-spring. Plant it along your shady slopes to reduce erosion in your garden.

Don't let the name deter you! Barrenwort may sound unsightly, but it's beautiful and hard-working in the landscape. It's easy to grow in dry shade, slopes, and other troublesome sites. Plus, it's unbothered by deer, rabbits, and disease. While it's slow to grow, this perennial will prove that it's well worth the wait.
Details Botanical name: Epimedium × perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'
Common name: Barrenwort, longspur epimedium, bishop's hat, fairy wings, horny goat weed
Zone: 5 - 9
Sun exposure: shade (< 4 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 12″ tall x 18" wide
Flower color: Yellow
Foliage color: Red and green
Season of interest: Spring to fall
Uses: Container, rock garden, slopes, woodland garden, edging, cut flower, ground cover
How To Grow Soil: Grow in moist well-drained soil. Tolerates drought once established.
Light: Part sun (4-6 hrs sun/day) to shade (<4 hours sun)
Water: Average.
Space: 24-36″ apart.
Fertilizing: Apply a garden fertilizer in early spring if desired.
Winterizing: Trim off old foliage in late winter to make room for fresh leaves and promote an increase in flower production.
Maintenance: Divide in early spring or late summer.

Customer Reviews

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F.W. (Pennsylvania)
Frohnleiten barronwort

Seem to be turning dark and discolored. Too little water?

Hello! Most likely, the discolor is due to the plant needing more water. Barrenwort can handle dry conditions, but only after it is established. We've shared some of our best tips for watering here: https://blog.greatgardenplants.com/how-much-water-should-i-give-my-plants/

We'd also be happy to take a closer look at the plant and help guide you further. Please email photos to info@greatgardenplants.com and our customer service team will happily provide guidance.

Happy Gardening!

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B.F. (New Jersey)

Plants arrived with mildew and promptly died…

Hello! We're sorry that your Barrenwort has died. Most likely, your plants leaves had water spots from watering with a mixture of water and fertilizer, not mildew. Please email pictures of the plant to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60-day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

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