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Epimedium perralderianum (barrenwort)

Barrenwort is an evergreen, herbaceous perennial with stiff, heart-shaped leaflets and spikes of small, yellow flowers in spring.
Detail of an illustration of Epimedium perralderianum

Detail of an illustration of Epimedium perralderianum

Species information

Scientific name: 

Epimedium perralderianum Coss.

Common name: 

barrenwort, bishop’s mitre (names used for Epimedium species in general).

Conservation status: 

Vulnerable according IUCN Red List criteria (1998).

Habitat: 

Oak woodland and Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica) forest.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Ranunculanae
Order: 
Ranunculales
Family: 
Berberidaceae
Genus: Epimedium

About this species

Epimedium perralderianum was named by the French botanist Ernest Saint-Charles Cosson (1819-1889) in memory of his friend Henri de la Perraudière, who died as a result of a fever on an expedition to Mount Babor (Algeria) in 1861, during which this species was discovered.

E. perralderianum is a perennial plant forming spreading patches of tough, evergreen leaves, each with three heart-shaped, spiny-edged leaflets. The small yellow flowers are produced on leafless spikes in the spring.

Genus: 
Epimedium

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