Epimedium grandiflorum 'Waterfall'


Plant Type:


Epimedium grandiflorum 'Waterfall' (ex: Maryanne Gryboski) - This 2003 Cobblewood introduction carries gobs of parachuting rosy pink to red-violet flowers with contrasting white sepals. Florets cluster densely above the foliage set upon wiry stems. New foliage is infused with red-purple settling into green maturity all on a low rounded dome. 'Waterfall' is a dense grower, a distinguishing trait; the plant mounds up becoming taller than many of the E. grandiflorum offerings. It's very pretty and not often encountered. Part or dappled sun to open shade in fertile, draining soil. Drought tolerance is demonstrated once established. Thanks, Maryanne - we now know why it is you so like this cultivar. Established pot grown plant from division.


8-14 in


10-18 in


Rose Purple

Characteristics and Attributes for Epimedium grandiflorum 'Waterfall'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Late Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade
  • Shade


  • Accent
  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Filler
  • Bank
  • Ground Cover
  • Woodland

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Genus Overview: Epimedium

The Barrenworts have received much attention in recent years and deservedly so. They come in many differently-colored flowering forms sporting delicate, dangling spider-like blossoms in spring. Some, as in E. sempervirens, are virtually evergreen; many others deciduous with delicate kidney-shaped leaves on wiry stems. The foliage on many cultivars in our USDA zone 5b (-15F) remains handsome until the winter solstice supplying 2 to 3 seasons of interest, some even provide golden to purple-bronze autumn tones. Slowly, gradually, they form a ground cover in part to full, open shade in fertile soil. The Barrenworts or Bishop Hats exhibit fair drought tolerance and are well-behaved members in part to open shade. They work well in herbaceous borders, woodland gardens or down-facing shrubs. Epimediums are members of the Berberidaceae and are of Asian origin. Once established they exhibit fair tolerance to dry shade. All of the following are pot-grown divisions from our plants.