|Kaempferia roscoeana one of the Peacock Gingers
An absolutely beautiful container plant from Burma. The foliage is very much like a peacock's feathers with almost shimmering patterns of silver green and maroon. Compact enough for a windowsill, this species is seldom over a foot high, with leaves and flowers arising from fleshy roots. Lavender flowers appear on short stalks and are about an inch across, with a white "eye". Needs bright shade or very dappled sun. A warm weather tropical, do not let this plant freeze. In the late fall to mid winter, this plant goes dormant. When the leaves shrivel, just let it dry out and barely water it for two to three months; resume normal watering with the onset of warmer weather. Easy to grow in most well drained potting soils.