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Roscoea purpurea 'Brown Peacock' (Purple roscoea 'Brown Peacock')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Roscoea purpurea 'Brown Peacock'

Other names

Purple roscoea 'Brown Peacock'

Genus

Roscoea Roscoea

Variety or Cultivar

'Brown Peacock' _ 'Brown Peacock' is an erect, tuberous perennial with dark reddish-brown stems bearing stem-clasping, strap-shaped, dark green leaves, maroon to reddish-brown beneath, and orchid-like, pale lavender flowers from midsummer into autumn.


Roscoea purpurea 'Brown Peacock' is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Flower

Lavender in Summer; Lavender in Autumn

Foliage

Flushed purple, Flushed brown, Dark-green in Spring; Flushed brown, Dark-green, Flushed purple in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Vine weevil Slugs , Vine weevil

Virus Virus

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flowers and allow the plant to die down naturally. Divide tubers every 3-4 years in early spring to maintain vigour.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Divide tubers in spring when growth resumes.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Roscoea purpurea 'Brown Peacock' (Purple roscoea 'Brown Peacock') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Woodland, Underplanting, Rock, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Plant tubers 15cm deep in winter or early spring in moderately fertile, preferably neutral, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, partially-shaded site. Apply a deep winter mulch in frost-prone areas. Dislikes hot, humid summers & wet winters.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Roscoea purpurea 'Brown Peacock'

Other names

Purple roscoea 'Brown Peacock'

Genus

Roscoea Roscoea

Variety or Cultivar

'Brown Peacock' _ 'Brown Peacock' is an erect, tuberous perennial with dark reddish-brown stems bearing stem-clasping, strap-shaped, dark green leaves, maroon to reddish-brown beneath, and orchid-like, pale lavender flowers from midsummer into autumn.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

Lavender in Summer; Lavender in Autumn

Foliage

Flushed purple, Flushed brown, Dark-green in Spring; Flushed brown, Dark-green, Flushed purple in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Virus

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flowers and allow the plant to die down naturally. Divide tubers every 3-4 years in early spring to maintain vigour.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Divide tubers in spring when growth resumes.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Roscoea purpurea 'Brown Peacock' (Purple roscoea 'Brown Peacock') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Woodland, Underplanting, Rock, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Plant tubers 15cm deep in winter or early spring in moderately fertile, preferably neutral, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, partially-shaded site. Apply a deep winter mulch in frost-prone areas. Dislikes hot, humid summers & wet winters.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Roscoea purpurea 'Brown Peacock' (Purple roscoea 'Brown Peacock')

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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