Roscoea x beesiana

Roscoea x beesiana

Roscoea

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Roscoea x beesiana
  • Common name: Roscoea
  • Family: Zingiberaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Purple

White

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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Roscoea x beesiana is an interspecific hybrid, the result of a cross between Roscoea cautleyoides and Roscoea auriculata. From midsummer to early autumn it produces lovely cream flowers with purple streaking, though this is quite variable – some will have a greater degree of purple streaking, some less.

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Roscoea x beesiana grows 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 x beesiana has been given the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Roscoea beesiana

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

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

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Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

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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 not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does 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 beesiana and wildlife

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

Is Roscoea beesiana poisonous?

Roscoea beesiana 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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