Epimedium x warleyense (Berberidaceae)
Barrenwort, Fairy Wings
Named after Warley Place, the estate of the famed Miss Wilmott, Epimedium x warleyense has unusual coppery orange flowers. In spring, bloom stems appear first, bearing small "fairy wings". Leaves emerge light green with reddish edges, and mature to a dark green, on wiry black stems. Foliage is evergreen in most zones, but can hide the new spring flowers: it is best to remove old leaf stalks before new bloom stems start to grow. A tough drought-resistant groundcover for shade that deer will not browse.
Bloom color: orange
Bloom period: early-spring
Container size: Qt.