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Pink Champagne Fairy Wings

Epimedium 'Pink Champagne'

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Pink Champagne Fairy Wings (Epimedium 'Pink Champagne') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings flowers

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings (Epimedium 'Pink Champagne') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings in bloom

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  16 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Barrenwort, Bishop's Hat, Elf Orchid

Description:

Delicate nodding flowers, reminiscent of columbine, are raspberry-pink with white spurs; makes a great shade groundcover; attractive foliage is spotted with red

Ornamental Features

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings features delicate nodding pink star-shaped flowers with hot pink eyes and white spurs rising above the foliage from mid to late spring. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves are green in color with distinctive brick red spots. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Pink Champagne Fairy Wings is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features