This barrenwort was collected by the famed plant hunter, Roy Lancaster, on one of his trips to China. It’s planted among roughly a dozen other Epimedium species and cultivars in one section of the Asian Garden, along the accessibility path. That’s handy if you want to see many of these interesting flowers in one small locale, but it’s turned into a bit of a management nightmare; the plantings are spreading into one another, and we suspect that there might be some hybridization occurring.
The curator of the Asian Garden, Peter Wharton, is taking action to tidy up the mess. “Divide and conquer” is the strategy, I believe – splitting up the assemblage and moving the plants to new (and separate) homes in the garden.
One last item: Roy Lancaster is going to be in the Pacific Northwest to speak at the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group Study Weekend. It looks like the study weekend has a long waiting list, and it’s fairly likely that Lancaster is one of the reasons why. However, I don’t doubt he’ll be visiting UBC – he’s a good friend of many members of staff, and I hope to meet him.