Roscoea beesiana


I have been spending a lot of time in the woodland garden lately. It stays coolish under the big cedars even in a heat wave. Roscoea beesiana is one of those strange, shy little flowers whose charms are only revealed by close inspection. The foliage is iris-like. The orchid-y flowers emerge one-at-a-time from a sheath where several (3-6) buds wait their turn. The whole edifice will flop over unless surrounded by low growers to prop it up or some discreet staking.

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