Plant I.d.?

I have had this planted in my Secret Garden (shade garden) for several years. Although I had probably left a plant id tag by it when it was first planted, I have no idea what this plant is.....can anyone help id the plant for me?
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  12 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on May 22, 2013
    I think @Barb Rosen has the right of it in the other post. It is an Epimedium

  • Nancy Nancy on May 23, 2013
    Epimedium, also known as barrenwort, bishop's hat, fairy wings, horny goat weed, rowdy lamb herb, randy beef grass or yin yang huo

  • Debby Boyle Debby Boyle on May 23, 2013
    Looks like a Lady Slipper to me! Very beautiful!

  • Teri Smith Teri Smith on May 23, 2013
    Epimedium - great ground cover for a shady spot. Have it in my garden too.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 23, 2013
    Yup, Epimedium. A winner.

  • Judy Judy on May 23, 2013
    NOT Lady Slipper.

  • Jayme Jayme on May 23, 2013
    Wow! Thanks everyone. I knew I would get an answer. @Nancy I do believe that the name Barrenwort sounds very familiar to me. @Teri Smith you mentioned ground cover...which I associate with a spreading habit - if mine has spread it has been very slowly. Does yours spread?

  • Nancy Nancy on May 23, 2013
    My epimedium has dainty pink flowers, it hasn't really spread like a ground cover, it's just a little fatter every year.

  • Teri Smith Teri Smith on May 23, 2013
    Jayme, it is a slow growing plant. Mine has been there at least 5 years now. It's probably 18-24" across. LOVE it. Want to get more varieties.

  • Jayme Jayme on May 23, 2013
    Oh... I will have to look at other varieties. I love mine delicate and it adds just a little splash of color to the corner.

  • Judy Judy on May 24, 2013
    Here's more info on the variety you have: Epimedium x perralchicum'Fröhnleiten' One of the great workhorses for the garden, this old cultivar is still at the top of its class. The rich, dark-green, glossy foliage is fully evergreen. Cut the leaves to the ground in mid-winter to make room for the brilliant canary-yellow flowers. When it is finished blooming red stained leaves unfurl, highlighted with chartreuse-green veins. This is one of the best epimedium for use as a ground cover. Once established, few weeds can push their way through the dense root system and thick foliage cover.

  • Darlene Darlene on May 25, 2013
    I bought mine as a Bishop's Hat. The next year I saw it as a fairy wing. Mine have dark reddish pink flowers. I did not know they also might have yellow flowers. i will have to keep my eye open. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This plant doesn't even die back under all of the snow. It is usually the first plant I see in the spring.. It sends up a couple of new stems each year and spreads slowly.