Roscoea humeana

Roscoea humeana f. humeana

Hume roscoea

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Roscoea humeana f. humeana
  • Common name: Hume roscoea
  • Family: Zingiberaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

Roscoea are tuberous perennials that are related to the ginger family. They have arching, strap-like leaves and beautiful, orchid-like flowers.

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From late spring to early summer, Roscoea humeana f. humeana is awash with regal purple flowers.

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Roscoea humeana f. humeana will do best in a sheltered spot, in partial shade; if you’re planting in a sunnier spot, be sure to keep the soil moist. Roscoeas are sensitive to low temperatures in winter, so plant tubers deeply (around 15cm deep) and mulch in winter. Roscoea humeana f. humeana has been given the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

How to grow Roscoea humeana

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Roscoea humeana and wildlife

Roscoea humeana has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Roscoea humeana poisonous?

Roscoea humeana has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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