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PlantFiles: Roscoea
Roscoea cautleyoides

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Roscoea (ross-KOH-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: cautleyoides (kawt-ley-oy-dees) (Info)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Hikaro_Takayama On May 25, 2007, Hikaro_Takayama from Fayetteville, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Bought a small R. cautleoides from Brian Williams last fall and planted it out in the woods behind my house. Just a few days ago I saw it coming up, and that was after experiencing a winter with temps down to -3 or -4 and the ground being frozen solid for about a month and a half. Definitely hardy to zone 6b.

The plant I bought last year was a small seedling, but it already is almost as big as it was last fall when I planted it, so hopefully it will get even bigger this year.

Neutral Baa On Nov 25, 2001, Baa wrote:

Tuberous perennial from China.

Has upto 4 lance shaped, mid green leaves. Bears hooded, 2-3 lobed lipped flowers usually creamy yellow but can be white or purple.

Flowers June-September.

Likes a moist, well drained, humus rich soil in sheltered, cool, partial shade. Will not do well in warm gardens.

Hardy down to 7F and may be a little hardier if planted deeply.


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

East Haddam, Connecticut
Elburn, Illinois
Greencastle, Pennsylvania

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