Why don’t I ever see the flowers on my epimediums?

Well, we hope you’re cleaning up your herbaceous epimediums (E. alpinum, E. grandiflorum, E. youngianum, and their kin) as they die back.

Cut the stems of the evergreen and semi-evergreen ones to the ground in January. This should only be done once your clumps are established, in about three years. Why do we do this? To see the flowers of course, but also to see the new foliage which is often a wonderful color as it emerges in the spring.

Note: Epimedium flower stems are extremely brittle, so cutting back the leaves late is almost impossible (except for the truly patient person who has nothing else to do).

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