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Roscoea scillifolia Black Form

20th June 2005

Roscoea scillifolia is said to be very variable across its native range (Yunnan, China), however in cultivation it seems to be represented by only two forms. The dark purple, or so called "Black" form, and the pink flowered form. In many ways they are different plants, and could be mistaken for different species if a wide range of variations and intermediates were not reported from wild populations.

  The black form flowers in june, the flowers do not set seed unless pollinated by hand (and not always even then) and the plant does not seem to re-flower on secondary growths later in the season. The flower is a quite astonishing colour.

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