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A picture of a Roscoea


Roscoea spp.

Roscoea purpurea 20070810-1338-183 trimmed by Keith Edkins (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Roscoea Overview

Roscoea is a genus containing around 24 perennial plants which originate from the Himalayas, China and some parts of Central and South Asia where they inhabit tropical or mountainous regions. They have flowers that resemble those of the orchid family and some are cultivated as garden ornamentals for their attractive showy blooms. They thrive in rock gardens if given some shade but, coming from regions with an annual monsoon, they do require some moisture in the Summer.

Common problems with Roscoea

How to propagate Roscoea


You can propagate by division in spring.


Seed in autumn or winter; expose seed to frost for best germination.

Other uses of Roscoea

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

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