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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
US Patent # PP23027
EU Grant # --
Bloom Time July, August
Flower Color Pink, Purple
Foliage Color Green, Red
Dormancy Winter
Exposure Part Shade, Full Shade
Growth Habit Clumping
Growth Rate Moderate
Hardiness Zone 6, 7, 8, 9
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.
Most Active Growing Season Summer
Persistence Deciduous
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 16" / 12" / 24"
Soil (Garden) Should be planted in moderately fertile, humus rich, moist, but well drained soil in a cool sheltered site.
Water (Garden) Keep moist or will go dormant.
Special Uses Deep South
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.
Water (Greenhouse) Keep evenly moist.
EC 0.75 – 1.5
pH 5.5 – 6.5
Fertility Needs 150 – 200 ppm
Notes Ships in May only.
Finish Time to 4″ 11 – 13 weeks
Finish Time to Gallon
Day Length for Flowering Day Neutral
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