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Bishop’s Hat | Plant Profile

Bishop’s Hat (Epimedium x rubrum) are short, clump forming perennials that are commonly used as groundcovers for shady or woodland locations. Small red flowers reach above the foliage in spring. The foliage, however, is the primary ornamental feature of Bishop’s Hat. The pointed green leaves with red edging and defined veins make for an attractive leafy groundcover. Young leaves and old leaves have vibrant red colors, while the leaves of summer are more green.

Bishop’s Hat prefers fertile, dry to medium, well drained soils in part shade to full shade.

Bishop’s Hat are attractive groundcovers for wooded and shaded areas. They work well in natualized areas as well as along borders or pathways.


Bishop's Hat Characteristics

Bishop's Hat are groundcover perennials with showy foliage. They soil should be evenly moist, but these perennials have good drought tolerance once established. Deer and rabbits are rarely found munching on the leaves. They spread via runners that reach out from the base of the plant and occasionally take root where they touch the ground. After the showy fall season, cut foliage to the ground to make way for new growth in spring.

There are few serious insect or disease issues that threaten Bishop's Hat. Aphids and mosaic virus are possible.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 -9
.50 - 1.00'
1.00 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
Dry - Medium
Part Shade - Full Shade
Deer Resistant?