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Roscoea ‘Spice Island’


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Here’s a tropical appearing accent plant from the land of the Yeti! In mid summer, this hardy ginger has pink flowers that resemble orchids with a crepe-ruffle. Showy thick, deep red stems support luscious dark leaves with deep red backs. It makes a unusual woodland companion for Trilliums or used as a container specimen.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 6-9
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 16″ / 12″ / 24″
Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time(s): July, August

SKU: ROSSPIISL Categories: ,
Common Name Roscoea
Family Zingiberaceae
Genus Roscoea
species purpurea
Plant Type Perennial
Persistence Deciduous
US Patent # PP23027
EU Grant # --
Hardiness Zone 6, 7, 8, 9
Growth Habit Clumping
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 16" / 12" / 24"
Finish Time Medium (6-8 Weeks)
Bloom Time July, August
Growth Rate Moderate
Most Active Growing Season Summer
Flowering Season Summer
Flower Color Pink, Purple
Foliage Color Green, Red
Soil (Garden) Should be planted in moderately fertile, humus rich, moist, but well drained Soil (Garden) in a cool sheltered site.
pH 5.5 - 6.5
Exposure Part Shade, Full Shade
Special Uses Deep South
Nutritional Needs 150 - 200 ppm
Dormancy Winter
Water (Greenhouse) Keep evenly moist.
Water (Garden) Keep moist or will go dormant.
How Different? Compared to 'Brown Peacock' it is taller and has larger, broader leaves with thicker and red stems as well as a good crown number. Compared to 'Cinnamon Spice' it has dark foliage.
Landscape Value Attractive in foliage and flower, for container, shade, or woodland.
Finish Time to 4" 12 weeks
Comments Not recommended for the hot and humid south, perform best in a cool, moist woodland setting. In frost prone areas cover with a deep winter mulch as protection. Late to come out of dormancy so may not emerge until May or June. They begin to be showy in the garden by June.
Grower Notes Ships May only.
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