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Hedychium wardii ex. Gaolingongshan - Nursery Pick Up Only
Hedychium wardii ex. Gaolingongshan
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Family: Zingiberaceae
Hardiness: to Zone 8b
Mature Size: 5'
Exposure: Part Sun
Moisture Needs: Moist
Origin: China
Price: $35.00
Pot Size: 2 Gallon Pot - Nursery Pick Up Only

Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: P3693-2G
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Description
 
A recent and exciting introduction of this evergreen species which was collected not too long ago at 2100 meters in the Salween River valley in the Gaolingongshan of NW Yunnan.  Originally collected separately by Kingdon-Ward and Handel-Mazzetti, this never made it to cultivation until a collection a few years ago when it was brought into the UK.  This is a highly desirable species of the same temperament and hardiness as H. gardnerianum which means in our area that it is best kept in a container and overwintered inside.  Why is this so good? Bright yellow flowers on 5'-6' stems are well-displayed from the 6"-8" floral cone.  The flowers are distinct in that the anthers have effectively no filament which snugs the anthers right to the petals.  Each bract on the floral cone contains 3-5 flowers as opposed to one typically so each flowering spike can last a good 5 weeks rather than the usual week to 2 weeks for other species.   And a pleasant light scent to boot.  Handel-Mazzetti described this as H. efilamentosum which is a great name but had the misfortune of publishing it just a few short months after H, wardii was described by another botanist so the earlier name has precedence.  Frank Kingdon-Ward is one of our heroes so we are especially fond of any plant bearing his name.  This is going to give rise to some exceptional hybrids once the Hedychium fanciers get hold of this!  Our thanks to the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden for sharing seed of this from their spectacular plant growing in their Rutherford Conservatory.  These are young plants but we can look not too far ahead when they will outgrow our usual shipping boxes.