An exotic looking herbaceous perennial with strap-shaped leaves from stout stems rising late in the year. The leaves are a pale bluish/green with prominent veining reaching around 25 cms long and clasp the stem. Fine hairs appear to cause this bluish hue. This new collection has caused a bit of a stir being able to tolerate very dry situations and this is confirmed by ourselves. At Hampton Court Palace flower show in 03 the other roscoeas on our stand had went over in the extreme heat and dryness - this one looked good til the end of the show. The flowers are the main interest being very much orchid-like in appearance. A single large upper petal and two smaller lower petals of a rich purple colour. These are borne in loose flower heads with several flowers open at a time. Sold previously as CLD687.