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Epimedium grandiflorum, Horny Goat weed, viable root

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Epimedium grandiflorum, Horny Goat weed, viable root
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Epimedium grandiflorum Wurzeln (keine Samen)

 

Epimedium grandiflorum is also known as barrenwort or horny goat weed and belongs to the genus of the fairy wings. The barrenwort is native to Japan. Some plants were even found in China but it is not sure if they are really belonging to the species Epimedium grandiflorum. In Germany the fairy wings got the title "shrub of the year 2014". The horny goat weed grows as a perennial shrub and reaches a height of about 30 cm. The name horny goat weed is due to the fact that it was observed that goats that were eating that plant got really horny. For humans the horny goat weed is also used as tea as an aphrodisiac. But it should be taken with care. An overdose can cause vomiting. The leaves are leathery and robust. They are pinnate and have a long petiole. The leaflets are heart- shaped. Sometimes the leaf margin is slightly red and serrate. In contrast to the leaves the flowers are filigree and fairy like. One associates the flowers with small fairies hovering above the leaves. The flowers are zygomorphic and consist of two times four leaves. The flowers of Epimedium grandiflorum are violet with white apex. Sometimes they are just white. The color underlines the association with a fairy. The main flowering time is in April and May. The fruit of the horny goat weed is a capsule that contains the seeds with a fleshy arrilus. The horny goat weed is a demand less plant that gives great pleasure to the gardeners. It grows best at half shaded, moist places. Briefly speaking, Epimedium grandiflora feels comfortable in forests. The barrenwort can be cut back in autumn. In spring the plant will grow anew.

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