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Epimedium alpinum
Flowers | Magnoliopsida

Name the genre, Epimedium, has been given by Luigi Anguillara (1571-1570) and later, in 1739, Linnaeus named the species Epimedium alpinum.

Rizomatoase two perennial species (Epimedium pubigerum and Epimedium alpinum) originating from southern Europe. Stem erect, to 25-38 cm tall, round, smooth, horizontal rhizome. Decidue or semi-evergreen leaves, cordiforme, acuminata, cilia-soirees, petiolate, 13 cm long, green becoming bronze in the fall, Pendente. Raceme 12-20 type blossom with small flowers, one flower is 12 mm in diameter, concave obtuse sepa 4 red 4 yellow-cream petals, appearing before the leaves. Infloresup in April-May. Fruit capsule silicviforma, 2 valves, valve dorsal minor is decided.

Grow on soils rich in humus, fertile, well drained, in exhibitions semiumbrite or shady.

Multiply by seeds in cold greenhouse, by division in autumn or after flowering. Plants are planted in spring field enriched with organic matter. Late winter, cut off old foliage.

In traditional medicine of East Asia, aerial parts of Epimedium species (E. grandiflorum, E. koreanum, E. SAGITTATUM, E. pubescens) are used to treat kidney problems, impotence, infertility in women, reumatismului, hypertension, asthma.

The ornamentation is given along with Muscari sp., Hyacinthoides hispanica, Hosta sp., Helleborus sp..

References

Barbara Ellis - Taylor's Guide to Growing North America's Favorite Plants - Houghton Mifflin, 2000

David S. MacKenzie - Ground Covers - Timber Press, 2006

Harrison L. Flint - Landscape Plants foe Eastern North America - Wiley, 1997

W. George Schmid - An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials - Timber Press, 2002

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