Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum'
Description: A compact decidous form of the increasingly popular group of Epimediums. The new leaves in spring are a soft bronzeand heart shaped turning green as this white flowered forms delicate sprays of flowers appear from April to May above the foliage and form an attractive mound. Later flowering than most Epimediums. In autumn there is additional interst as the leaves turn to tints of red.
Uses: An ideal ground cover plant best in a lightly shaded site at the front of borders or woodland edge and well suited for planting beneath trees.
Climate/Position: Partial shade prefered.
Height/Spread: 30cm x 30cm
Soil Requirements: Humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate drought when well established.
Pruning: The overwintered foliage can look tired and damaged in spring and is best cut down and a mulch of well rotted compost is applied to retain moisture. This can be done prior to flowering in late winter and will ensure the delicate flowers are clearly seen, or, cut back after flowering if prefered.
Special Requirements: Lift and divide large clumps in autumn
Additional Interest: This hybrid cultivar is a cross between E. diphyllum and E. grandiflorum. The name Niveum comes from the latin nivalis meaning spring.