Roscoea ‘Harvington Polly’ NEW

£ 27.50


A new hybrid for 2024.

Highly distinctive with white petals and distinctive pink streaking on the lower lip.  A clump forming herbaceous perennial. Flowers from Mid July through August. Height up to 35 cm. Supplied as flowering-sized tubers during March and April.

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Roscoea ‘Harvington Polly’ is a new exclusive hybrid for 2024. It is a orchid type flower, with white petals and distinctive pink streaking on the lower lipIt makes a great, robust garden plant of medium height (25-35cm), with its clump forming flowers appearing from the end of July through August. 

Roscoea ‘Harvington Polly’ is being released after 15 years of selection and reselection, as part of an extensive breeding program to produce garden worthy Roscoea The new hybrid has been named after one of Hugh Nunn’s granddaughters and prefixed with Harvington, the Worcestershire village near Evesham where they were bred.

The Roscoea bred by Hugh have all been selected for their distinct colouration as well as good growing characteristics. Roscoea ‘Harvington Polly’ has been bred from Roscoea ‘Red Gurkha’  and Roscoea ‘Wisley Amethyst’.  

Our selection of Roscoea includes several have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of their beauty, vigour and garden worthiness.

Roscoea are robust, herbaceous perennials in the ginger family.  They are suitable for the front of borders, in a rock garden or grown in a container.  With orchid-like flowers in the summer they can be found in colours ranging from white and cream through pinks, brick reds and purples.  They have tuberous, fleshy roots (similar in appearance to dahlia) that become dormant in late autumn, with strap shaped leaves from April onwards.  Some appearing above ground as late as June in the case of Roscoea ‘Red Gurkha’.  They are hardy throughout the British Isles. 

Roscoea grow well in light, dappled shade.  They grow in any moist, free draining soil.  They are frost hardy in the garden when planted at the right depth (10-15cm below surface).  They can also be grown successfully in pots and containers where some frost protection is recommended during severe frosts. 

Water well after planting and as the plant establishes.  Ensure that they don’t suffer from drought in the summer or waterlogging in the winter. 

To find out more about planting your Roscoea ‘Harvington Polly’ tuber please see our Roscoea Planting Advice page.