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Roscoea purpurea 'Spice Island'

Photo Courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries

More About Roscoea purpurea 'Spice Island'

  • Tuberous perennial (Ginger relative)
  • Clump forming, upright habit
  • Unusual hooded, orchid-like flowers surrounded by overlapping bracts
  • Lavender flowers form by the upper leaf axis
  • Thick, blood-red stems have green, arching, lance-shaped, leaves with red undersides
  • Bloom Time: Summer

Zone:

6

Height:

50-55 cm

Spread:

30-40 cm

Colour:

Lavender
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Roscoea Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to moist, well-drained soil, in partial shade. Requires a sheltered site in Ontario landscapes with mulch should be applied for added winter protection. Slow to emerge in the spring, the tubers should be planted 15 cm below the soil level.


Roscoea purpurea 'Spice Island' Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained

Growth Rate

Slow

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Red
Green

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Woodland/woods edge