Monday, June 21, 2010
Roscoeas are among our favorite summer flowering woodland plants. They emerge from dormancy in late spring and flower during the summer months after many other spring flowers have faded.
Roscoeas produce colorful orchid-like flowers on leafstalks up to a foot high, making them ideal for the front edge of the garden. Over time some species naturalize and produce drifts of color. We currently offer 5 species at our nursery. As I write this, the slender stalked, pale yellow R. cautleyoides are in full bloom while the R. purpurea, pictured above, have just begun to flower. These will soon be joined by the vivid purple R. auriculata, large flowered mauve R. alpina, and delicate pale pink R. scillifolia.
Native to the Himalayas eastward into China, Roscoeas do best in our climate in light shade in moist, humus rich, well-drained soil. They are solidly perennial and survived 0 degrees F without snow cover during last winter's severe cold snap.
The genus was named for Sir Roscoe, an early British Plant Explorer. Several years ago, we shipped plants to one of his descendants in the Eastern U.S. We hope his family has enjoyed them as much as do.
Posted by Wild Ginger Farm at 4:27 PM