Beesia deltophylla

beesia

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

A fabulous shade garden perennial recently introduced from China, Beesia has evergreen heart-shaped leaves with a deep lustrous shine. Each leaf is perched on dark purple green petioles (leaf stems) which further emphases the glimmering green leaves. In early summer thin wispy spikes rise above the leaves with small white flowers dotting the stems.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: open to deep shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, Arisaema consanguineum, Adiantum aleuticum, Mahonia nervosa, Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, silver

Great Color Partners: bronze, burgundy

Culture Notes
Beesia prefers a rich well-drained soil in open, dappled, or deep shade. Regular summer watering will keep the plants looking their best during dry weather. It is fairly carefree- the old flower stems can be cut back in late summer and old or damaged leaves can be removed in early spring. Thriving plants can produce seedlings.