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Cautleya spicata
Common Name: Hardy Shade Ginger Family: Zingiberaceae (The Ginger Family)

Cautleya spicata
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This wonderful hardy shade ginger has slender stems to about three feet tall from which emerge a tropical-looking spike of brilliant yellow flowers subtended by bright red bracts. The flowers emerge successively over a month or more each of which lasts three to five days. The red bracts remain for the entire bloom period. Definitely something you've never before imagined for your shade garden! Mulch in winter for a little extra protection. Similar to C. gracilis but taller with a stouter inflorescence.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Native Habitat:
Moist shady places at elevations of 1000-2600m in Nepal.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourYellow 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourRed 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureShade Part Shade Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone8-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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