Roscoea purpurea
Roscoea purpurea
Roscoea purpurea

Roscoea purpurea

Roscoea purpurea

1 tuber — £4.17

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Description

If you like your plants to be easy to grow and virtually self-sufficient, Roscoea purpurea is a variety you simply must try! Thriving in shade and fully hardy during winter throughout most of the UK, this little lilac wonder is a real gem and absolutely perfect for bringing a dash of summer colour to those tricky shady spaces. Also, being perennial, they’ll treat you to a delightful reappearance every summer for years to come!

Small plants like these are subtle but splendid and also incredibly useful for tucking into the nooks and crannies of the garden. Plant the tuberous perennials in spring and from July onwards they’ll pop up with a neat clump of fresh-green foliage and elegant violet-like flowers. Originating from the Himalayan mountains, these vigorous and reliable alpines feel most at home in a rockery under dappled shade, but also do well in a cool, damp border or patio pot.

Please note that Roscoea purpurea are sensitive tuberous roots and need to be planted deep enough as soon as they arrive so they can establish.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Roscoea purpurea

  • Flower colour

    Purple

  • Tuber size

    1

  • Established height

    20-30cm

  • Established spread

    10-20cm

  • Plant spacing

    36 tubers per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp

  • Soil type

    Clay
    Loam
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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