Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Beesia deltophylla (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)
Beesia deltophylla (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)

Click to Enlarge

Zones 4-9, 14-24
Partial SunNo Sun
Partial, Shade
Regular Water

Beesia deltophylla

Ground covers, Perennials

Native to China. Lush-looking and easy to grow, this shade-loving evergreen groundcover reaches 1 ft. high and 1 1/2–2 ft. wide. Plant forms a dense, spreading rosette of glossy, quilted, heart-shaped leaves with finely toothed margins. Leaves emerge purplish green, age to deep emerald green, and finally take on an appealing metallic blue cast. Resembles wild ginger (Asarum) until it blooms in spring or early summer. Slender, erect stems rise 1 1/2 ft. above the foliage to display airy clusters of star-shaped white flowers.

Plant in a woodland garden, along a shaded path, or as a carpet beneath trees.

Grow beesia in borders with other plants that take the same conditions. It contrasts beautifully with the foliage of ferns, hostas, and clivias. Also combines well with other small shade-loving bloomers, including corydalis and cyclamen. Needs rich, evenly moist soil and dappled to full shade. Direct sun will burn the leaves.

You Might Also Like...

Camellia reticulata ‘William Hertrich’

‘William Hertrich’ has very large, semidouble, deep red flowers with heavy petals.

Inula magnifica

From Europe. Grows to 7 ft. tall with 3–6-in. daisies on branching stems in late summer. Docklik...

Anagallis monelli

Perennial. This Mediterranean native grows to 1–1 1/2 ft. tall and wide, with 3/4-in. flowers of...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More