Red Barrenwort (Epimedium x rubrum)

Red Barrenwort

  • Four-Pointed White & Red Flowers
  • Arching & Graceful Mounds
  • Green Heart-Shaped Leaflets
  • Easy Care & Spreads Faster
  • Part Shade to Full Shade Perennial
  • No Deer, Rabbit, Pest or Disease Issues!

Red Barrenwort (Epimedium x rubrum) are fascinating additions to your shady glens and garden beds!

Four-pointed Jester Hats dangle playfully above weeping mounds of lovely green, heart-shaped leaves. Barrenworts early spring blooms dance in the breeze and dappled shade!

Red sepals and white undersides, the flowers hover gracefully on red-tinged, wiry stems with bright yellow stamen.

How to Use Red Barrenwort In The Landscape

Shade-loving Red Barrenwort loves part to full shade areas under trees and large shrubs. Creating lovely ground covers and erosion control as they spread and spill over embankments and slopes.

Cottage gardens, perennial beds and rock gardens become joyful with the addition of these playful plants.

Property edges and woodland gardens won’t have to worry about deer and rabbits either!

Tips For Care

Red Barrenwort does need some protection from the cold, dry winds. Hardy from zones 4-8, Barrenwort loves the full shade in warmer climates and partial shade in cooler zones.

Growing in average to dry, well-drained soils, they prefer moist, humus-rich medium but tolerate dry shade. Drought tolerant once established, they appreciate mulch to keep the roots cool and moist.

Prune in late winter, otherwise, they’re low-maintenance, plus Barrenwort are pest and disease-free!

Red Barrenwort (Epimedium x rubrum) Details

Common name Red Barrenwort
Botanical name Epimedium x rubrum
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Slow
Height 8 - 12 inches
Width 12 - 15 inches
Sunlight Full Shade, Partial Shade
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Red