Epimedium 2013

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Mark McD
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Just placed another order, this time with EdelweissPerennials.com in Oregon. They have a really good plant offering, and easy to use & navigate website, purchasing online was simple.  Most importantly, their prices are reasonable, bought a couple epimedium at half the cost than other sources.  Check out their silver-leaved forms of Cyclamen coum and hederifolium too  :o
http://www.edelweissperennials.com/PlantGroup.aspx?plant=Epimedium

Here are the Epimediums I ordered:

Epimedium wushanense 'Caramel'  (I realize it's not the true wushanense, but I want E. 'Caramel'
E. chlorandrum
E. 'Starlet'
E. 'Yokihi'
E. x youngianum 'Beni-Goromo'

Cost with shipping was just under $100, once again coming in at that magic mailorder $20 per Epimedium cost.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Mark McD
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In the Facebook "Epimedium Group" there was discussion about the proper name of Epimedium 'Yokihi', because sometimes it is found as 'Yohiki' (the "k" and "h" reversed), so which is correct?  Apparently it is 'Yokihi'.

When I googled Yokihi, the first thing that comes up is the famous story of Yang Kwei-fei (Yang Guifei). Not knowing the breeder's intent, we don't know the true inspiration behind the name 'Yokihi', but it does seem certain that this is the intended spelling. Its a very beautiful Epimedium, good to learn about its parentage.

NARGS forumist Saori, also on the Facebook Epimedium page, gave some information on this lovely cross, hope it's okay to quote her information "I've heard that Yokihi was bred by a nursery in Niigata and it is a cross between Epimedium membranaceum and Epimedium x rubrum".  

When I look at the plant photo link below, the foliage does indeed look very much like E. membranaceum.

couple of good photos of this unique hybrid:
E. 'Yokihi' - whole plant view:
http://www.losthorizons.ca/~losthor/images/Epimedium/e_yokihi2.jpg
...dramatic black-background closeup views:
http://www.asianflora.com/Horticulture/epimedium-yohiki.htm

I've seen this listed as high as $35 for a plant, bought it at EdelweissPerennials.com (see message above) for $15, can't wait!  For those in the New England area and you just can't wait, it is available from Garden Vision Epimedium nursery this year, at $30.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

gerrit
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Hi Mark.

What do you know about a cross between Epimedium acuminatum and E. pinnatum. It seems to me a lovely hybrid. Look here.

http://www.visionspictures.com/index.php?module=result&searchKey=Epimedi....

This cross was showed on a German forum. Here you can find it in reply 19.

http://forum.garten-pur.de/index.php?board=24;action=display;threadid=48...

Gerrit

Mark McD
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Hi Gerrit, I haven't heard of that cross, but it does indeed look beautiful, and distinctive; thanks for bringing it to our attention. It goes to show us, that the world of Epimedium hybridization is wide open, with so many possibilities, our gardens will be all the richer with such diversity.

By the way, my third box of mail-order Epimedium arrived today, all carefully packed; generous size plants, some in full bloom like this E. platypetalum. The order included 9 Epimedium, shipped from Collector's Nursery in Washington State, the plants arrived in awesome condition.  I planted some of them tonight after work, the plant size generous enough to divide several of them!

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Hoy
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Mark, I envy your possibility to order Epimediums so easily! I have managed to get hold of two new (for me) ones and hope the slugs let them stay grow. The new growth is apparently irresistible for the gastropods >:(

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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We have experienced a slow but perfect spring season, Magnolias are glorious and didn't get whacked by surprise frosts, and Epimedium are surging forward with great speed; can't keep my eyes off of them.  Many are breaking into bloom, but tghis post just features two.

Epimedium brachyrrhizum hybrid, from a self-sown seedling, looking very much like E. brachyrrhizum, but with pristine flowers and much better floral presentation.

The next batch of photos are all of an Epimedium hybrid of mine, nicknamed by Wim Boens as 'Mark's Star'.  I do plan on introducing this one, but still not settled on what the name will be, although I've grown accustomed to 'Mark's Star'  ;)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Hoy
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Well, you are lucky, Mark! Here the spring is so slow that nothing seems to change from one week to the next :-\

They are both beautiful, Mark, and the name of the last one is perfect! Do you want me to test-grow it in Norway?  ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

IMYoung
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Lovely "baby" you have there, Mark -  the name 'Mark's Star' does seem appropriate.

Maggi

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

gerrit
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Vigorous plant that 'Mark's Star'.

Epimedium season has started here too.
For the first time I have seen Epimedium 'Mandrin Star' in bloom. Well, he is okay I think.

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Mark's Star is really exceptional in so many ways: color blends, floriferousness, flowers lofty above the foliage, etc.
It seems dwarf, too (?)

And Mandrin Star ain't too shabby either. (He says in Minnesota speak.)

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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