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Purple Roscoea

Roscoea purpurea

Also known as

Roscoe's Lily

Whf purple 04 adjusted cropped by Woudloper (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a purple flower on a Roscoea purpurea plant
A close up of an purple Roscoea purpurea flower

Purple Roscoea Overview

Roscoea purpurea is a deciduous perennial plant from the Zingiberaceae family. Commonly known by the names Purple Roscoea and Roscoe's Lily. It has an upright habit, forming clumps of foliage up to 30cm in height. Flowers are orchid-like, coloured purple and they measure around 5cm in length. This species will grow to about 38cm with a spread of 20cm; the leaves are long and pointed. The flowers will bloom in the summer either purple or sometimes white or bicoloured.

Common problems with Purple Roscoea

How to propagate Purple Roscoea

Division

Seed

Tubers

Special features of Purple Roscoea

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Purple Roscoea

Grown for their orchid-like flowers. It is suited to open borders, rock gardens and woodland gardens.