Amber Queen Barrenwort

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Add Festivity and Mirth With Amber Queen Barrenwort!

  • Unusual Yellow and Orange Flowers
  • Jesters-Hat Spurred Blooms
  • Yellow Spider-Like Flowers with Orangey Red Highlights!
  • Long Heart-Shaped Leaves
  • Mottled Green Foliage With Red Blush
  • Very Long-Bloom Time
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Dry Shade Tolerant!
  • Full Shade and Part Shade
  • Semi-Evergreen
  • Rocky, Dry Soil Tolerant
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant!

So unique and whimsical, the Amber Queen Barrenwort (Epimedium 'Amber Queen' PP17197) has the most unusual and airy, delicate-looking flowers!

Featuring bright-yellow blooms with upturned spurs and orangy-red centers, Barrenworts look like fancy Jesters Hats dangling in long clusters high above the lovely mottled, pointed foliage!

The long sprays of flowers fill out the entire arching stem, reaching almost 2 feet long. Blooming in mid to late spring, the bright yellow spurs with orange-red centers act as both stand-out specimens and delicate fillers throughout the garden.

Bright green leaves have a red tinge at the base of the plant and emerge a burgundy-red in spring before maturing to a bright, spring green with some light burgundy mottling. This combination really lights up the shady parts of your garden big time!

An eclectic-looking plant, you can rest assured that no one else on your block will have this plant!

How to Use Amber Queen Barrenwort In The Landscape

Reaching about 2 feet tall, these unusual plants are an airy and delicate feature to add to your beds and borders. The whimsical look of the plant lends itself perfectly in either formal or informal settings.

Asian-inspired and eclectic garden designs welcome this peculiar plant as it brightens your shady areas with curious texture! This dazzlingly unique Epimedium romps throughout the mixed-shrub garden and informal borders with joy and merriment!

Tolerating dry, rocky soil, Amber Queen frolics through your rock gardens and in those shaded waste areas with ease. Cottage gardens are given a magical air with a few of these intriguing plants interspersed!

Amber Queen is a unique woodland shade and accent plant. Plus, their love for shade makes Barrenwort graceful underplantings to your larger trees and shrubs. There they can bask in the provided shade and hide leggy stems in return as ground cover!

The long stems and quirky blooms are naturals for the cutting garden and are a fantastic cut flower to jazz up your bouquets and floral arrangements!

Plant en masse for erosion control that will have the entire neighborhood talking! Amber Queen is a tough groundcover where grass has trouble growing in the shade.

The yellow spider-like flowers tipped with orange add so much curiosity to your containers on shady patios for a conversation piece that will add whimsy to your entertaining areas!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Amber Queen merrily thrives in growing zones 5 through 8 where it shows to be semi-evergreen to fully evergreen.

Preferring well-drained soil, that is organic and fertile, Barrenwort does best in humus-rich part shade locations. In warmer climates, they do better in full shade locations that have consistent moisture.

Once established, Amber Queen is drought tolerant to some extent and even does well in dry shade as long as supplemental watering is provided during extended periods.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Barrenwort also appreciates some protection from cold, drying northern winds in winter to prevent leaf burn.

Prune back in late winter to tidy up the plant and give it a fresh look each year otherwise, Amber Queen is very low maintenance and low-care! Pest and disease-free, Barrenwort are also nearly deer and rabbit proof!

Plant your own festivities in your garden with a quirky Amber Queen Barrenwort and have the most unique garden on the block! We're excited to offer this mercurial plant, so be sure to order quickly from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Amber Queen Barrenwort Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Epimedium 'Amber Queen' PP17197
Type Perennial
Mature Height 24 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Green with Red Blush
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No
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