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A fascinating group of plants that I have been growing for about 30 years, in particular the Hedychiums. The strong rhizomatic root systems throw annual shoots to 6ft, topped by a dense head of flowers in late summer which look and smell gorgeous. Some are fully hardy and others, given a warm south facing wall with a protective mulch in winter, will survive reasonable frosts. The more tender varieties may not reach flowering maturity outside cultivated this way though. The alternative is to dig them up and keep in a frost free greenhouse or conservatory, starting into growth in early spring. To flower well they will need at least a 12 litre pot when mature.

Alpinia zerumbet
Pink Porcelain Lily
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10 seeds 2.95   JS606 

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A fairly hardy ginger that will take some frost at the roots. Unfortunately the attractive fragrant flowers only form as terminal inflorescences on the previous year's growth so a frost free environment over winter is essential for flowers. The plant reaches about 6ft tall and is fast growing with attractive tropical leaves.

Alpinia pupurator
Torch Ginger
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10 seeds 2.95   JS3223 

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A small ginger to about 3ft tall seen all over tropical regions with its pink flowers and extensively used as a cut flower. However you will need very warm conditions to raise this plant to flowering size with at least a minimum of 20C at night all year round and plenty of sun in the summer with humid conditions.

Cautleya lutea
Himalayan Ginger 
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10 seeds 2.95   JS2966 

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A pretty hardy ginger suitable for undergrowth planting in leaf mould litter. Winter dormant emerging with 2ft stems in the spring bearing clusters of red bracts and yellow flowers, spreading via the underground rhizomes.

Cautleya spicata
Himalayan Ginger 
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10 seeds 2.95   JS2965 

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Another hardy ginger suitable for undergrowth planting in leaf mould litter. Winter dormant, emerging with 2ft stems in the spring bearing clusters of maroon bracts and yellow flowers.

Costus barbatus
Spiral Ginger 
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10 seeds 3.99  JS1660

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A very beautiful and spectacular rare perennial ginger from South America with spiral arranged leaves. Grows up 4 to 7 tall and has large green leaves. It has yellow or red flower inflorescences to 12 tall that remain in flower all summer. Can tolerate cool conditions over winter and very fast growing but the flowers are produced on the previous years growth. We also sell plants in 3 litre and 5 litre pots.

Costus guaniensis
Spiral Ginger n

10 seeds 3.49   JS1988

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Fast growing like other spiral gingers to 9 ft. The red flower bract produce a dense mass of white and yellow flowers that are tinged pink. Its numerous spiralling stems and beautiful flowers make this a handsome houseplant specimen if raised in a large container.

Costus scaber
Spiral Ginger n

10 seeds 3.99   JS3203

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This member of the Costus family is native to tropical America and quite a stunning, small ginger with spiralling, leafy shoots holding terminal, bright red inflorescences that later open their bracts to reveal nicely contrasting, white fruits. It is easily grown in the tropical garden or in pots in a warm greenhouse.

Costus speciosa
Crepe Ginger n]]
10 seeds 3.99   JS1600

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A tall spiral type ginger very similar to the Costus barbatus plants that we sell but this one has large 4" white crepe type flowers that emerge from the central cone. A tough fairly hardy ginger at the root level and easy to grow with attractive tropical leaves. New shoots emerge from the root stock at regular intervals and in the tropics it would create a 3ft wide 8ft tall clump in a year! Smaller to 6ft in pots, we think, but at the moment this is new to us as well. It is suggested that this plant is hardy to -15C at the root level. Our seed comes from India and is from hardy stock and I cannot wait to trial this plant outside!

Etlingera elatoir (Syn Nicolai elatoir)
Mixed Torch Ginger n
10 seeds 3.73   JS2864

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A huge, very tropical ginger used for flower arranging throughout much of the tropics. With 14ft stems a challenge for the UK but what a flower! We offer seed as a mix in White, Red and Pink.

Etlingera venusta
Malay Rose n
10 seeds 3.73   JS2025

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To raise one of these spectacular gingers to flowering size you will need a tropical greenhouse or conservatory. The flowers are long lasting and used as a cut flower in the Tropics. The Malay rose has arching 6-8 foot leaves and lovely porcelain pink and white basal inflorescences from 1-2 feet tall. The pink and white "petals" are actually bracts, which later reveal small true flowers inside.

Hedychium Assam Orange
Hardy Ginger
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10 seeds 3.99   JS625

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We have managed to collect a sensible amount of fresh seed this year from our own plants of this useful hardy ginger. A sport of Hedychium Densifolium it is a smaller ginger, hardy in all parts of the UK at the root level. Treat it as a clumping border perennial plant. Each year it will throw 3ft spikes topped by orange flower spikes about 4 long in August/September.

Hedychium coccineum
Red Ginger Lily n]]
10 seeds seeds  3.87   JS60

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A red flowered form of the Hedychium, fairly hardy and robust with good flowers but not scented. (This plant is a parent of Hedychium tara which is a much improved hybrid and scented)

Hedychium coronarium
Butterfly Ginger
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10 seeds 2.17  JS73

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A white butterfly ginger which like most of the hedychiums has a beautiful fragrance. This one smells of Gardenias and is used in the perfume industry. Fairly root hardy growing to 5ft with the flowers on terminal spikes in late summer. Prefers partial shade but can take full sun with ample moisture. Probably best over wintered in a frost free area, either dormant or preferably kept growing into the following year.

Hedychium ellipticum
Shaving Brush Ginger n]
10 seeds 3.95   JS626

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This ginger also comes from Himalaya suggesting that it might take a slight frost. Attractive typical Hedychium foliage bearing magnificent terminal inflorescences, densely packed with white flowers and long orange filaments. A very unusual ginger that needs semi shade to prevent leaf scorch and to see the flowers at their best.

Hedychium flavescens
Yellow Ginger n]
10 seeds 2.13   JS55

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Strong stems with more slender 4" leaves but very soft slightly hairy leafy growth giving an excellent tropical effect when not in flower. Often used for perfume because of it's strong heady scent. The flowers are pale cream/yellow with slightly smaller flower heads than gardnerianum. A beautiful delicate flower and attractive plant that is well worth trying.

Hedychium gardnerianum
Kahili Ginger n]
10 seeds 2.38   JS56

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A spectacular plant and in a large clump with several flowers the effect is stunning with a scent almost overpowering. Flower heads are about a foot tall and some 6" across, yellow with red stamens on top of 5ft stems. I have not met anybody who hasn't fallen in love with this plant when shown a specimen in full flower.

Hedychium spicatum
Spiked
Ginger  n]
10 seeds 2.13   JS2194

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Hedychium spicatum, one of the hardiest, although not the most spectacular of Hedychiums, is one of the most floriferous for the open garden with slightly scented flowers. Short to 3ft to 4ft which makes it a worth while plant for the herbaceous border. Large clusters of white flowers with orange filaments that are larger than Forestii with spikes to 12 tall.

Hedychium stenopetalum
Hybrid
Ginger  n]
10 seeds 3.49   JS2421

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Potentially one of the tallest of all Hedychium species growing anything up to 3 to 4m tall with big, bold leaves. Its 18 spikes of ghost white flowers have a faint greenish-yellow tint to the base of the labellum and have prominent white or off-white stamens. Needs protection from heavy frosts.

 

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