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Hedychium ellipticum
Common Name: Hardy Ginger Family: Zingiberaceae (The Ginger Family)

Hedychium ellipticum
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This striking species of hardy ginger holds its clusters of fragrant flowers on arching stems like a bouquet. The petals are white and are accented with very long, fiery red stamens. The broad, deep green leaves are ribbed on the surface and have leaf bases coloured red where they clasp the stem. Native to the eastern Himalayas and northeast India. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Southeast Asia
Native Habitat:
Shaded mud slopes.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypeTender  Secondary Bloom ColourRed 
Height4'  Bloom TimeLate Summer 
Spread2-3'  FragranceYes 
Light ExposureSun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone8-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Ensete ventricosum "'Maurellii'"

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