Roscoea are hardy perennial plants of the Ginger family with orchid-like flowers preferring rich, moist, well-drained soil.
An unusual gem to enliven lacklustre, shaded areas of the garden, Roscoea ‘Auriculata’ produces dainty, royal purple, orchid-like blooms set against lance-like leaves. Part of the Ginger family, Roscoea have an exotic, delicate appearance, yet unlike most relatives of Ginger, these are native to cold, mountainous regions and are found growing at great altitude in the Himalayas. Roscoea is therefore used to challenging conditions and is fully hardy. This vigorous variety has earned an RHS Award of Garden Merit for its reliable performance. Best planted in dappled shade such as the edge of a woodland garden, and beneath shrubs and trees.
The dainty, iridescent, silvery-lilac blooms of Roscoea ‘Peacock’ shimmer in pleasing contrast to bronze-green, lance-shaped foliage. Fluttering on dark maroon stems, the orchid-like flowers each feature a tapered hood and prominent, crinkled lower lip. A relative of the Ginger plant, Roscoea is the black sheep of the family. Unlike most tropical-loving Gingers, this species originates from the harsh conditions of the Himalayan Mountains. Triggered into growth by monsoon seasons in its native habitat and hardy to -10°C, Roscoea is well-suited to the British climate. Plant ‘Peacock’ in light shade to protect the silky blooms from being scorched by the sun.
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