A recent collection of this Zingiberaceae which we have not yet identified. A graceful species with relatively narrow leaves and very pleasing melon colored flowers. This is from fairly low elevation and growing both as a terrestrial and as an epiphyte. In zone 8 gardens, we would mulch well to keep frost from reaching the rhizomes.
A hardy Ginger relative from our seed collection near eastern Bhutan. This is a rare offering of this collection. Narrow petals of white and peach are floral whimsy and always amuse us. Unscented flowers which compensate by having the showiest seed display in the genus. Mulch in winter.
This hardy true ginger relative is good down to zone 7b with enough mulch for short durations to single digits, and happy in bright shade to mostly sun. This species blooms reliably every year with white crane fly flowers highlighted by salmon-pink working parts.
A collection by Floden-Mitchell-Wynn-Jones at Lao Cai, Dragon's Tooth, Vietnam as aff. tengchongense and offered by us as such, but upon flowering for Floden, proved to be spicatum which Wynn-Jones disputes. Plant Fight! H. spicatum from other areas have proved quite hardy for us. White and coral flowers that turn into brilliant red seed pods that are arguably the showiest in the genus.
Small winter-flowering species collected by Kettle and Wynn-Jones on Mt Fansipan in northern Vietnam. This is nice little ginger given varietal status due to its larger flowers and much larger sagittate anthers. Sagittate anther envy - it happens even in the plant world. Stems to 28" with very nice spidery white lightly scented flowers
This a good form of the species from our collection in Yunnan in 2006 and one that we could be easily persuaded is actually H. yunnanense or H. forrestii as they look pretty similar but the showy red fruiting display is so spicatum. A fine and hardy garden plant with 30 white flowers per spike with coral highlights.
A distinct Hardy Ginger with leaves and flowers evoking Canna more so than any other in the genus. Gorgeous foliage and the flowers although few are quite large and a striking reddish orange. Likes a moist spot in the garden and can take full sun to part shade. Winter mulch.
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