Close-up of the pleasing pink colors of the four-part flowers of Epimedium x rubrum 'Sweetheart'

Epimedium x rubrum 'Sweetheart' (Barrenwort)

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An excellent and adorable addition to the garden, 'Sweetheart' is a hybrid barrenwort cultivar noted for its attractive four-part flowers in shades of rose pink and cream white, as well as its spring foliage, which emerges blush red before maturing to picotee, with emerald green heart-shaped leaves margined in purple-red. Growing to only 12-18" tall with flowers, Epimedium x rubrum 'Sweetheart' makes for an excellent shade groundcover, especially in locations with drier soil.

Prefers rich, medium to dry, well-drained soil with morning sun and afternoon shade. Leaves are deer resistant, and the entire plant is fairly tolerant of seasonal drought once established. Although foliage is semi-evergreen, it may deteriorate over the winter, and can be cut back in late fall for new, fresh foliage in the spring.

Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Deciduous
Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter and Average
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Red, Pink, and White
Foliage color: Green and Purple
Features: Attracts Pollinators and Groundcover
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Dry Shade Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden and Rock Garden

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