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January 12, 2008

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jodi

Yum! You've elicited instant plant-lust in me, Graham--I have an orange-flowered epimedium (name escapes me) and the yellow-flowered one; they've settled in after my finding the right spot with adequate drainage in my sometimes overly-winter-soggy shade area. I think they're a wonderful and often underused plant, rather like Astrantia, which I fell in love with a couple of years ago.
Hard to say when these new plants will make it to my part of Canada, but I'll live in hope!

laura-mpls

They are beautiful! I wonder, though, whether they're truly hardy to zone 5. Wayside always seems a bit promiscuous in its cold hardiness designations. I think I'll order just one of 'Amber Queen' and see if it's tough enough.

Very nice website, by the way.

Graham Rice

Glad to have tempted you, Jodi. These plants have been patented in Canada so even if they're not available there yet (Wayside does not ship to Canada at present) they should be before long.

As to hardiness, laura-mpls: Darrell Probst, who is the leading epimedium breeder in North America, grows all the species, and many new hybrids, in MA (zone 5b).

I'll be posting about him as spring approaches and will check which he recommends as the very toughest for z3 and z4 gardeners.

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