With references back to the early 1900s, Bessia is a plant that has been forgotton or more likely 'neglected', only to be rediscovered in recent years. The late introduction of Beesia species into cultivation is most likely due to the difficulties of getting specimens from the foothills of the Himalayas to Europe at this time.
So although Beesia are named after a UK Nursery, they are a plant that was first brought into cultivation by Dan Hinkley of Herenswood fame in the USA. Although only two species have been 'officially' recognised, with more research and exploration more may yet be found.
In the garden Bessia are used as ground cover plants, they are related to Buttercups and require similar conditions. Native to areas of Asia and China. In warmer climates Beesia calthifolia can be a weed risk. However it is usually Beesia deltophylla that we find for sale.
A humus rich moist soil and a part shaded to sunny position will do nicely for this clump forming perennial.
They grow by rhizomes and will spread underground.
Can be easily propagated from division of larger clumps or grown from seed sown outdoors in autumn, they should germinate in spring.
- Beesia deltophylla with its glossy heart shaped veined foliage is a popular choice for a shaded area. The flowers are rather insignificant, small white flower spikes in summer.
- Beesia calthifolia has more heavily patterned heart shaped foliage, the veined effect is stronger and the green on green is a nice contrast.
Beesia plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
LONG ACRE PLANTS : phone 01963 32802
South Marsh, Charlton Musgrove. Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8EX
Large range of unusual perennials, bulbs and ferns in any semi- or fully shaded position in the garden, grown here in Somerset using peat free compost.
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