Beesia deltophylla


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Beesia deltophylla

Beesia deltophylla is a wonderful groundcover plant for shade, blessed with the shiniest, prettiest leaves all year round.

Lustrous groundcover for shade

Beesia deltophylla forms a clump of evergreen, super-glossy, heart-shaped leaves.
With each leaf laced with unique deep greens, purples and brown markings, and each sitting on a dark purple stem.
All this lustre and coloured lace, makes it a wonderful feature to cover the ground under trees and shrubs, or where the sun does not strike.

Fluffy white flowers shine in the shade

But in early summer, spires of small fluffy white, puffball flowers rise above the sparkling foliage.
So they add even more interest to a shaded garden.
Combine it with Epimediums, Hostas or Hakonechloa for a shade garden full of interest all year.

Trouble free groundcover

Beesia deltophylla slowly spreads by underground rhizomes. It is not invasive – so don’t worry.
But the rhizomes do give it persistence and durability, despite it’s pretty and delicate appearance.
Don’t let this tough little beauty fool you with dainty looks. It is an effective groundcover in shade.

Growing: Beesia deltophylla

– Height with flowers: 30cm approx.
– Width: Spreads to make a carpet of 60cm approx diameter.
– Position: Beesia is a shade lover from woodlands. It is happy in Partial Shade; Dappled Shade; Full Shade; or even a little Morning Sun. But basically it likes to creep about in the shadows under trees and shrubs, or between buildings where the sun does not strike.
– Soil: As a woodlander, Beesia enjoys organic matter. So give it plenty of leaf litter, compost or mulch.  

– Fragrance: 

– Water:
Beesia thrives where there is plenty of compost and mulch to keep the water levels in the soil even. But it does not need a lot of water, or often. Instead just well retained, even moisture.
– Frost:
Very frost hardy, as it can endure hard frosts to below -20C.
– Growth:
Evergreen perennial.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and also other beneficial pollinators are attracted to the sweet little fuzzy blooms.

– Care: Easy care and low maintenance.
It is not plagued by any particular pests or diseases. But instead is easy-going given the conditions it likes.
Old leaves can be removed in early spring, but only if you wish, it is not essential.
And spent flower stems can be cut back in late summer if you wish to tidy up – but the Beesia won’t mind if you don’t. 
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Usually left alone because of the glossy foliage.
Luckily if they have a bite the plant can bounce back from the rhizomes.

A tale of great plant hunters, lost and found

– Origin: Native to woodlands in South Eastern Tibet and Sichuan in China.
Although two versions of this plant was first brought to our attention in 1915 by those great plant adventurers – Frank Kingdon-Ward and George Forrest, Beesia was subsequently lost. Bees nursery had sent plant expeditions out to the East, hunting for beautiful new plants. And they were so very pleased with this little beauty, they named it Beesia after their nursery. But alas it disappeared. 
But in 1996 Dan Hinkley and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones were sniffing about in Japanese nurseries for lovely plants, and lo and behold – Beesia was back. 



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