Roscoea cautleyoides


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Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Yellow, Purple




Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Found growing wild in Sichuan and Yunnan in China, this tuberous perennial's eye-catching flowers appear in mid-summer. They vary in colour from yellow to purple. Plant tubers 15cm (6in) deep in winter or early spring. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. A sheltered position is essential as plants are only borderline hardy. Apply a deep winter mulch to protect plants. To propagate divide plants in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Zingiberaceae

Genus: Roscoea

Species: cautleyoides

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Yellow, Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 25cm

Spread: 15cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Time to plant: January to March

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