Beesia calthifolia (Ginger-leaf False Bugbane)
Zone: 6a to 8b,at least
Height: 10" tall
Culture: Light Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Very cute, but what's a beesia? Imagine taking an asarum and gluing tiny cimicifuga flowers on top and you've got the idea. This little-known cimicifuga relative hails from moist meadows and woodlands in the southwestern China provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, and Yunnan. The 8" tall x 1' wide rosettes are composed of dark, glossy green (maroon in winter) heart-shaped leaves, each highlighted by attractive lighter veins. The Beesia calthifolia clumps are topped in spring with slender 10" tall purple spikes adorned with tiny white flowers...not for the pansy crowd. We have found these very easy to grow in slightly moist, rich woodland soil.