An epimedium with attitude, Spine Tingler boasts elongated jagged looking (but not seriously spiny) glossy leaves that are tinged with chocolate bronze, especially when young, and dangling clusters of winged starry flowers of clear lemon yellow in spring and early summer. Pretty much evergreen, too, so what's not to like? Best in partial to full shade. Any reasonable soil, but not too dry. 12 in. 1 litre pot.


Also known as Sphinx Twinkler, it would seem, but Spine Tingler does sound rather more exciting, we think.

A terrific little groundcover plant which will get on quietly with life without much interference, other than to trim back some of the old foliage in spring.

Epimediums are native to regions from the Mediterranean across to East Asia and their natural habitat would be woodland, scrubland and shady, rocky places. They will, however, adapt quite happily to a garden in the UK, as long as you ask them nicely.

Epimedium Spine Tingler is a hardy perennial with elongated spiny leaves tinged with chocolate bronze and spurred yellow flowers in spring suitable for shade.

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