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Saturday - May 15, 2010

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Information about non-native Epimedium
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What type of barrenwort (Epimedium) will grow well in Central Texas?

ANSWER:

No Epimedium species are native to North America. They are native to China, Asia and Europe. Since our focus and expertise at the Wildflower Center is exclusively with plants native to North America, we can't really advise you on these plants.  I suggest you visit some of the gardening forum sites (e.g., Garden Web, The Garden Forums, UBC Botanical Gardens Forums) to make inquiries about them.

 

 

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