Epimedium ‘Conalba’ Alabaster™, PPAF

Pure, Grass Green Leaves are the Perfect Backdrop for Crisp White Flowers

Size 9-12” tall by 24-36” wide in 3 years
USDA hardiness Zones 4 – 8
Sun / Shade Part to full shade
Soil Average garden soil, but can tolerate poor soils.
Moisture moist to dry, but well drained
Disease and Pests None known.
Market appeal / Uniqueness Alabaster is even faster to propagate than Purple Pixie. Its pure, grass green leaves are the perfect back drop for the large crisp white flowers. The white blooms are accented with a violet purple blush. Alabaster also fills a salable container, bulking up quickly compared to other selections - making it a more attractive, small plant on garden center shelves
Propagation Methods Multiplies easily by division, root cuttings.
Bloom Time Late mid to late April.

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

I’m happy to bring you another superb epimedium selection, brought to us from the garden of Dr. Richard Lighty, former Director of Mt. Cuba Center for the study of Piedmont Flora. Plants Nouveau is introducing this plant in conjunction with The Conard-Pyle Co.

Alabaster is a seedling of E. diphyllum , probably crossed with E. youngianum ‘Niveum’. It originated in a groundcover planting of E. diphyllum in The Lighty’s garden outside of Kennett Square, PA. The violet purple in the flowers comes from the light purple, cauducous Sepals, otherwise, they are truly crisp, clear white. The mother plant of this selection has been growing in the garden for over 10 years.

I adore the complementary combination of the brightly colored grass green leaves and the large, crisp white blooms. This new selection really brightens up any shady spot in the garden. The fact that Alabaster fills a container so quickly compared to other selections means it will be much easier to sell for the high prices seen at garden centers. If it is a full, attractive pot, more consumers will be willing to spend a little more for this fantastic problem solving plant.

One of my goals is to increase awareness with the media and consumers about the benefits of planting barrenworts. After the last two drought-ridden summers, I think it’s timely to promote plants for dry shade – especially plants that can grow in most parts of the US.