Our selection from the California Redwoods of a large-leafed and vigorous clone of Wild Ginger. This sports large glossy green leaves which mask the sizable brown starfish flowers hidden underneath. We always like surprises. A dense big groundcover in shaded rich moist soil.
Great foliage on this Wild Ginger from China which keys most closely to the species caudigerellum. A mist of white spray droplets on the leaves is especially vivid on the young foliage making this very desirable. Small tan to soft red flowers are a welcome addition. We have seen nice clumps of presumably this species in Vietnam looking fabulous on the forest floor among the bright buff trunks of Camellia trees.
This is the evergreen European Wild Ginger which is such a performer in the shade garden. I recall a particularly memorable patch at the Chase Estate outside of Boston many years ago which fueled my desire to grow this. Really easy and hardy and not as high on the slug gnosh list as the Asian species. Check it out in our younger shade garden.
Panda Wild Ginger. Big, glossy, almost succulent leaves shelter one of the grand floral surprises you can have in the garden. In spring, a simple bending over - getting less simple each year - and a parting of the overlapping leaves reveals LOL clusters of big black and white ridiculous panda flowers.
A fun selection of this "Panda Ginger" from Tony Avent. This sports a pronounced pale veining on the large leaves which adds a bunch of interest. Large white and black flowers nestle at the crown of the plant and after years of growing the species in our garden, we never fail to feel like a kid seeing these in April.
A smaller Japanese Wild Ginger that eventually clumps quite densely. It looked good in our garden for many years but we dug it and potted it so we could share these and must plant some back. Small heart-shaped leaves with an irregular central green isthmus flanked on either side by a froth of silver. Small purple-brown flowers are not missed hiding under the fine leaves.
This is a dandy spreading evergreen Chinese wild ginger with delectable silver splashed bold leaves and beefy flowers of purple-brown tempered by a little cream. This came through 9F here with nary a whimper. Great in containers or the moist woodland/shade garden. This is not a clumper but will ramble splendidly.
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