Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Ginger-leaf False Bugbane
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Beesia
Item #: 8404
Zones: 6a to 8b, at least
Height: 10" tall
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 evergreen cimicifuga relative hails from moist meadows and woodlands in the southwestern Chinese provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, and Yunnan. The 8" tall x 1' wide rosettes of Beesia calthifolia are composed of dark, glossy green (maroon in winter), heart-shaped leaves, each highlighted by attractive lighter veins. 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 beesia very easy to grow in slightly moist, rich woodland soil.