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Epimedium wushanense 'Sandy Claws'


Plant Type:


Epimedium wushanense 'Sandy Claws' - Wiry stems support multitudes of creamy yellow spidery flowers above burgundy-chocolate spiny spring leaves. The foliage matures green with a satin sheen. This dwarf growing selection made by Barrenwort expert, Darrell Probst, was named at Plant Delights... I'm going to make a leap and suggest that this clever moniker comes from the Pumpkin King's assignation for Santa Claus in "The Nightmare Before Christmas". Excellent! Open shade to part sun in fertile, draining soil. Moderately fast increaser. Established pot grown plant from division.


12 in


36-48 in


Soft Yellow


(5)6 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Epimedium wushanense 'Sandy Claws'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Natural Garden
  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Rock Garden
  • Edging
  • Woodland
  • Ground Cover

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Woodland
  • Draining


  • China

Propagated By

  • Division

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.