8 responses to “Roscoea sp. EN.2489”

  1. Anthony

    Stick with the flower macros – they’re fine with me. Though if you want to throw in a few duck portraits that would be OK too.

  2. Ruth Warburton

    I’m not a botanist just a nature lover. I enjoy the introduction to plants that are unknown to me. Thank you

  3. Elaine

    The trick is to make macro photos of things that matter to you…. I’ll always remember this summer’s garden from the close-up of tomato and lettuce that I took while making lunch. 🙂
    This ginger is gorgeous, too…is it hard to find for home cultivation?

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Anthony – I’ll see if I can get a duck and duckweed picture one day.

    You’re welcome, Ruth.

    Elaine, a good trick to finding out whether something is relatively easy to find for home cultivation is to do a search on the Royal Horticultural Society’s Horticultural Database. Although it lists UK suppliers of various plants so is of limited use to those outside the UK in that sense, it gives an idea of the relative availability. For example, from the link above, I’d be surprised if Roscoea cautleyoides, an Award of Garden Merit plant, would be difficult to find in North America or Australia since it already has 37 suppliers in the UK.

    As for this particular species, we list it as Roscoea sp. because it is yet to be identified (or we’re unaware of other institutions / people having identified it based off of the wild collected number EN.2489). So, whether this actual species is widely available in cultivation or not depends on first identifying this plant.

  5. Elaine

    Thank you! Being in Washington state, stuff that’s available in the UK can often be a good guide to gardening. 🙂

  6. Jerry Copeland

    Enjoy the photos but would like to learn more about how the plants are being grown if available.
    For example with Roscoea, something other than in ordinary garden soil in partial shade! As with this image, would like to know what kind of soil, how deep are the bulbs, what are the footcandles, etc. Get my drift?

  7. René Zijerveld

    Hey Daniel,
    You made a nice picture of what I can figure out is Roscoea purpurea.
    This is long Type,there are smaller to,even with dark coulored stems.
    The reason why react is that you are right about the suppliers in the UK. What you do not know yet (I suppose that) is that I am one the biggest grower of Roscoea’s in the Netherlands maybe in Europe.
    Growing all under true names.
    They even do survived during the last winter here in the netherlands.
    There is a book about the Zingiberaceae written by T M E Branney ISBN nr 0-88192-677-9 (9000)
    He did not verify it with me so some of the storries about “my creations” are new for me to.
    Never the less Roscoea is smashing plant for the garden and flowers a long time is a “stayer” a hardy one ,for sure in the UK. There are storries about the Roscoea cautleyoides “Jeffrey Thomas” in Norway in a garden journal.
    If some people need more info let them ask
    With flowering regards, René Zijerveld

  8. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello René – thanks for those comments. From what I can tell, Roscoea purpurea is very variable (esp. in terms of flower colour). We’ll have to check it out with that lead.

    Also, your post reminded me that I hadn’t replied to Jerry. Jerry, as much as I’d like to add horticultural information, I’m not a horticulturist or grower. I write what I know about (which I believe is some sort of writing tenet). On occasion, I push myself to write about things that I sort of understand, but don’t want to oblige myself to do so.

    Of course, anyone else is free to add that sort of information via the comments.

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