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Hedychium greenii

Red Butterfly Ginger

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Item #: 8596

Zones: 8a to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Asia

Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.8 L)

Hedychium greenii, native to Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, India has long been one of our favorite gingers. As best we can determine, all of the material in cultivation is a single clone collected in Bhutan and distributed by its namesake, Mr. Green. For us, Hedychium greenii has survived since 2007 including one winter at 9 degrees F. The 3' tall stalks, that emerge for us in late June, are adorned with dark olive green, red-backed leaves. The stalks are topped, starting in mid-July and lasting until fall, with orange-red terminal flowers. Since Hedychium greenii is sterile, it has learned to reproduce by plantlets that form on the old flower stalks.