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Roscoea 'Cinnamon Stick'

Roscoea purpurea

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Roscoea (ross-KOH-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cinnamon Stick

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Bronze-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clinton, Mississippi

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 18, 2017, Botanist101 from Clinton, MS wrote:

Location: Jackson, Mississippi hot humid summers

I have tried several Roscoea species here in the south in order to test their survivability. Most of the species and hybrids rotted due to our hot humid summers.

HOWEVER, Roscoea purpurea 'Cinnamon Stick' has come back three years in a pot. I place it in the greenhouse in winter and place it back outside in spring. It is not prolific, but it does come back.

Also, Roscoea purpurea 'Gigantea' has come back for its second year.

Next phase is to test other varieties of R. purpurea in pots and in the ground.

Neutral

On Nov 25, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Blood Red stems on foliage. Spreads slowly by rhizomes. Prefers humus rich moist soil in a cool sheltered site. Will go dormant if soil dries out. Prefers a cool moist woodland site. Mulch heavily. Not for areas with hot humid summers.

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