Epimedium 'Black Sea'
Epimedium 'Black Sea' is handsome and easy to grow. From late winter to early spring Epimedium 'Black Sea' produces a profusion of small, delicate-looking flowers dancing on the tips of thread-thin red stalks. The inner petals are primrose yellow and shaped onto nectar-producing sacs, the outer, paler sepals are washed with orange-red. New leaves soon follow the dainty blooms and mature to attractive blue-green. The most remarkable feature of the foliage is the inky purple-black coloring that 'bleeds' into each leaf with the onset of cooler temperatures and frost. This deep coloring lasts until the new leaves emerge next spring. Plant it with pale-colored hellebores to accentuate the unusual winter foliage.