How to grow Roscoea auriculata

Roscoea auriculata growing herbaceous rhizome of the genus Roscoea also known as Eared roscoea, Roscoea auriculata perennial deciduous plant used as ornamental plant for the flowers, can grow in temperate, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 6-10a.

Leaves color green in linear shape that connected on the base to the stem.

Roscoea auriculata flower

Flower color purple in dancer shape, flowers bloom on the top of the stems.

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How to grow Roscoea auriculata – growing and care:

Rich soil, moist, mulch – need to add mulch all the year and more in winter in hardiness zone 6-8.

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction – separate rhizomes better in the winter to early spring, better before start to grow after the dormant

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to start to grow from rhizomes than seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring in hardiness zone 6-7, spring in hardiness zone 8-9, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10a

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Dead parts

Size of the plant:
20-40cm, 8-16 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun / Half shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, start with container that bigger than the plant at least 30-50%, need to switch the container to bigger when root ball over grow the container, better to switch in the winter, when the plant arrive to the desirable size of container need to switch the soil once in a few years by new soil, possible if it’s small container switch all and cut some roots and prune the plant, except this need to pull old plants after having flowers, better to use potting mix or peat soil with perlite, mix it with hummus and organic matter, use chopped mulch to keep the soil moist, let the bottom of the pot fill in water but dry in the same day.

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
Dancer shape flower in purple and bloom on the top of the stems.

How to grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Fresh seeds, a lot of light, moist soil, 16-21C (60-70F)

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Better to keep the seeds in refrigerator possible with peat soil or just in a paper bag

Sowing season:
Spring or autumn, better to sow the seeds fresh it’s in the autumn than they get the winter cold, in hotter climate in hardiness zone 10 better to plant it in the autumn

Planting spacing:
20*20cm (8*8 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
1-2cm (0.5-1 inch)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil don’t let it dry

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
In the spring 4-8 weeks in the autumn usually will germinate in the early spring

Condition of seedling:
Moist soil, not too much hot

Do the seeds require burying?
Yes, conditions to bury can be direct in the soil but in hotter area better to put in the coldest location of the refrigerator

Chilling hour’s requirements:
At least one month

Scientific name:

Roscoea auriculata

How to grow Roscoea auriculata

Roscoea auriculata

Roscoea auriculata flower


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Floristry
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9