Roscoea ‘Harvington Evening Star’
The freshly opened flowers are a very deep purple/black with white flecks in the centre – like the evening sky. Bred and named by Hugh and Liz Nunn. Flowers: June to August Height: up to 25cm
Large flowering-sized tuber (similar in appearance to dahlia tuber).
Our selection of Roscoea includes four with the prefix ‘Harvington’. These are a set of distinctive plants bred by Hugh Nunn in the Vale of Evesham and selected for their beauty, vigour and garden worthiness. Several have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of these characteristics.
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. 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.