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Cautleya gracilis from Manipur (new)

This small ginger relative, with red and yellow flower spikes in late summer, was found in Manipur on Shirui Peak at 2500m alt. A more delicate looking species than C. spicata, reaching about 60cm. Rich soil, sun/semi-shade

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Cautleya gracilis var. gracilis 'Crug Gold'

A form found on the border of Burma and Thailand near the summit of Doi Phohon-Pok. Up to ten golden-yellow long lipped flowers per inflorescence emerge from red bracts atop leafy stems to 80cm tall in late summer. This hardy ginger relative enjoys a semi-shade position in good free draining soil that doesn't get too dry.

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Cautleya gracilis var. robusta 'Tenzing's Gold' (new)

A fine form of this hardy ginger relative with more flowers per stem, usually between 15 and 20. Rich yellow flowers from red tinted bracts in late summer on stems to 50cm. The leaves have most attractive deep-red undersides. Enjoys a semi-shade position in good free draining soil that doesn't get too dry. Mulch over in winter if you live on Ben Nevis, but otherwise hardy if not waterlogged in winter.

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Cautleya spicata 'Arun Flame'

A collection of this hardy ginger relative from E. Nepal which has the darkest red stems to about 1m tall. Orange flushed rich yellow flowers emerging from deep-red bracts are produced atop the stems July to Sept and the leaf undersides are tinged purple-red. Enjoying a semi-shade position in good free draining soil that doesn't get too dry.

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Cautleya spicata 'Crug Canary' (new)

A selection of this very exotic looking, but hardy ginger relative with striking flower spikes in August, borne atop clumps of luscious foliage to about 70cm. Richest orangey-yellow Roscoea like flowers emerge from deep blood-red bracts. Rich soil in semi-shade.

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Cautleya spicata 'Robusta'

Cautleya spicata 'Robusta'

A very exotic looking but hardy ginger relative with yellow and red flower spikes in August, borne atop clumps of luscious foliage to about 70cm. Enjoying a semi-shade position in good free draining soil that doesn't get too dry.

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Cautleya spicata lutea (new)

Not scientifically recognised as a variety as such, but horticulturally rather different to 'Robusta' having none of the red pigment in the bracts or pseudostems. Masses of luscious foliage on stems to about 70cm, topped by yellow Roscoea-like flowers emerging from green bracts in August. Quite different. Forms clumps in rich soil in semi-shade.

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