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Vibrant lilac buds open into long-spurred lavender and white flowers.

E. grandiflorum grew more vigorously than E. perralchicum (top) in our trials.

'Lilafee' (Lilac Fairy) Longspur Barrenwort, Bishop's Hat
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee' (Lilac Fairy)


Cordate or heart-shaped leaves with spiny-toothed edges grow in low deciduous clumps, some with redish veining on the edges. Floriferous racemes of columbine-like flowers rise above the foliage.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: cushion mound or small clump

Plant Use: In the front of shady beds and borders or as a groundcover.

Light Requirement: part or full shade

Flower Color:
Bloom Period:
early spring
late spring
Height: Minimum: 8 inches      Maximum: 15 inches

Width: Minimum: 8 inches     Maximum: 12 inches

Foliage Texture: medium

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: A good groundcover, but slow-growing. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil in partial shade, but will tolerate sun as well as dry, shady spots and tree roots. Flowers generally are short-lived, but ours bloomed from mid-April to June under full-sun conditions.

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