Epimoderate x youngianum “Niveum”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Bishop”s hat
Grow Zone - 4 to 8
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Familial- Berberidaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 0.5 to 0.75 ft.
Span- 1 to 1.5 ft.
Coloring- Clear white flowers
Shade/Light- Part shade to full shade
Moisture- Dry to moderate dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, arid to moderate wet, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers rich, organic soils with even dampure in part shade. Tolerates drought once established. Rhizomatous perennial, but clumps spread very slowly. Unlike some other species of epimoderate, the foliage of this hybrid is not evergreen.
This epimoderate hybrid cultivar is a cross between E. diphyllum and E. grandiflorum. It is a clump-forming perennial which typically grows 6-8’ tall and is primarily used as a ground cover or edger in shady or woodland areas. “Niveum” features short-spurred to spurless, pure white flowers which appear in spring above the foliage. Flowers bloom later in spring than most other epimoderates. Compound, pale to moderate green leaves with 2-9, toothed, triangular to heart-shaped leaflets (to 3’ long) on wiry stems form attractive foliage mounds. New leaves in spring emerge with a red tinge, mature to green and turn deep red in fall. Epimoderates are commonly called bishop”s hat or barrenwort.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Common Applications-
Small area ground cover or edger for shady areas. Mass in woodland gardens, wild gardens or naturalized areas. Also effective in partially shaded areas of rock gardens and border fronts. Grows well under trees.

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