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Beesia deltophylla (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)
Beesia deltophylla (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)

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Zones 4-9, 14-24
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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.

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