Hedychium greenii is a superb foliage plant, with maroon stems and undersides of the leaves, with the top of the leaf a dark glossy green. Hedychium greenii has a softer gently arching appearance than its spiky architectural relatives with large flowers that are a striking orange-red. Hedychium greenii is quite hardy but requires a sheltered position in full sun to light shade if to flower. Give a mulch for the winter if planted outside, to aide frost protection for the rhizomes. It may be worth trying it in wet areas and possibly as a marginal pond plant during the growing season as it is reported to naturally grow in marshy areas.
In cold regions we recommend lifting the tubers in late autumn/early winter and dry storing the rhizomes in a frost free location. Alternately grow in a container and bring in during the colder months.
It should be noted that we like to sell all our hedychiums in containers, they are rooted plants with at least a seasons growth and will be established enough to produce flowers given good growing conditions the following year if not before. They are slightly more expensive than buying bare rhizomes but we feel this is a better option as most hedychium dislike root disturbance and take a while to recover. You will also be receiving a larger plant.
Depending on the time of year we may cut back foliage to facilitate shipping. This will only be done to late season growth and will not harm the plant in anyway
- Position:Sun / part shade, out of cold, drying winds.
- Soil:Most soils.
- Eventual Size:1m.
- Habit:Upright arching.
- Foliage:Glossy green and maroon.
- Common Names:Red ginger.