(Barrenwort. Nat. Ord. Berberidaceae).This is a genus of beautiful dwarf foliage plants, which bear attractive flowers as well. Most species are easily grown in a half-shady position in sandy loam to which some peat has been added, and are propagated by division of the roots in autumn or spring. All those described below are suitable in the rock garden : Epimedium alpinum.This has evergreen leaves. Flowers crimson and yellow. Flowering Period, May to July. Height, 9 ins. E. macranthum.The leaves of this are beautifully tinted. Flowers white, with long spurs. Flowering Period, May to July. Height, 6 ins. The variety violaceum has violetcoloured flowers. E. musschianum (Syn. E. niveum). This produces white flowers from May to July. Height, 6 ins. E. pinnatum.This is a handsome, strong-growing species, with large pinnate foliage. Flowers bright yellow, in long racemes. Site, shade. Soil ordinary loam. Flowering Period, May to July. Height, 1-2 ft. E. rubrum.This has beautiful 290 tinted foliage in autumn. Flowers bright crimson and pale yellow. Site, shade. Soil, loam. Flowering Period, May to July. Height, i ft.
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