- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Flowering Height
- 25 cm
- Bulb Size
- Top Size
- Purples & Mauves
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.
Prefers dappled shade or an area of the garden which receives sun for only part of the day as the orchid-like flowers shrivel quickly in hot weather.
Cultivate Roscoea in rich, moisture retentive, well-drained soil. These hardy perennials can also be grown in large pots of soil-based compost.
Plant rhizomes in spring, 10cm deep, spaced 15cm apart in the soil.
Provide consistent watering after planting and throughout the first growing season, ensuring the soil stays moderately moist.
Remove spent flower stems and cut back old foliage in autumn.
No special winter protection necessary.