Though this beauty looks like it must be an orchid, believe it or not, it’s actually a member of the ginger family (Zingiberoideae).
Roscoea pupurea – Vannin variety boasts these large white and purple blooms that can easily fool you into thinking you’re looking at an orchid.
Originating from Asia, this plant is fairly hardy, performing best when planted in partial shade with well draining, leafy soil. A perennial that blooms late Spring & Summer, this stunning beauty graces your garden with these large, delicate, aromatic flowers that definitely have the “wow” factor!
The greenery is a low mound of sword like leaves in a deep green colour. Commonly planted in rockeries, as a border plant and in woodland areas but also will work well in containers, provided the soil is kept moist.
Vannin can be easily divided once it’s been established in your garden, be sure to do this in early Spring. It’s surprisingly hardy in colder climates, but in really cold areas it’s best to winter her in pots indoors.