Hedychium aurantiacum

Orange-red Ginger Lily

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Hedychium aurantiacum is a selected form of Hedychium coccineum chosen beause of it’s superb bright orange flowers which are produced in abundanced late summer right up until the first frosts. The architectural narrow grey-green foliage looks stunning mixed in with other foliage plants and it should be hardy enough to be planted outside in the milder areas of the UK. I have had good success with Hedychium aurantiacum finding it easy to grow, being both architectural in its growth habit and large spikes of orange flowers.

Once settled, it can reach up to 2 metres high though is usually around a metre in height. Well worth planting outside in the exotic border we recommend mulching well in the autumn with composted farmyard manure to both protect the rhizomes and release nutrients during the following season.

Best planted in fertile moisture retentive soil in a sunny position, due to it’s upright habit looks good when grown amongst other plants allowing the bold foliage to stand out.

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