Definition of barrenwort in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbar(ə)nwəːt/


An Old World plant with cup-shaped spurred flowers, cultivated for its colourful foliage. It was formerly thought to cause infertility.
  • Genus Epimedium, family Berberidaceae
Example sentences
  • Leaves of some barrenworts may also emerge red or burgundy in the spring, then turn yellow or red in the fall.
  • Bicolor barrenwort is one of the earliest to bloom.
  • You don't mention if your walkway is in the sun or shade, so here are some varieties for each: I like all of the barrenworts for edging in shade, but Epimedium youngianum stays somewhat smaller than the rest.
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