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Hedychium 'Helen Dillon' (forrestii of hort.)

Hedychium 'Helen Dillon' (forrestii of hort.)

One of the hardiest gingers and a superb foliage plant, this is what goes around as H. forrestii in cultivation, but is definitely not that species. Exotic, orchid-like white flowers with orange stamen make up a loose inflorescence in late summer/autumn on very leafy pseudostems to 1.8m. Rich soil in sun or part shade. Bone hardy here, even without mulch through 2010!

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Hedychium aff. stenopetalum RF 148 (new)

A collection from Arunachal Pradesh, farthest NE India, of a ginger lily with the most magnificent foliage. Very large and long exotic looking leaves are topped by large heads of pure white spidery flowers in late summer. This flowers easily for me if overwintered under glass and summered outside after the last frosts, though it also seems fairly hardy in the garden so far.

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Hedychium coccineum 'Hungphung Stripe'

From Manipur, NE India, this new form has striking leaves up to 60cm long with a pale white green stripe along the midrib, held in a particularly distichous 'ladder fashion'; at right angles up the pseudostems. Makes plants to about 2m high. So new it has yet to flower here.

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Hedychium coccineum 'Shillong Ghost'

Recently found on Shillong Peak, N.E. India, this hardy and reliable ginger lily produces large spikes of vivid red-orange flowers over blue-green foliage in late summer. This flowers outside even in very cool, dull summers. Height 1.5m

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Hedychium coccineum from Burma (new)

From Northern Kachin State, Burma, this form of the variable H. coccineum has light-orange flowers in dense heads. Bold ladder-like foliage with a paler mid-rib. Try it outside with a good winter mulch.

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Hedychium densiflorum 'Assam Orange'

This is one of the hardiest of all ginger lilies. Dense spikes of small burnt orange flowers on leafy stems to about 1.2m in late summer. Sun or part shade in a sheltered position, mulch in winter. Originally discovered by Frank Kingdon Ward in 1938. Mulch over in winter if you're worried about cold.

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Hedychium densiflorum 'Sorung'

A very distinct form of the species, found by the late great Edward Needham in Nepal. Larger than usual flowers, in the style of the cultivar 'Stephen', are a most unusual pale pinkish-orange. Tough, hardy and easy in the garden.

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Hedychium densiflorum 'Stephen'

Hedychium densiflorum 'Stephen'

A tough Ginger lily suited to outdoor culture. Exotic foliage and dense spikes of soft yellow, delicately scented flowers, with contrasting deep-orange anthers, in late summer atop 1.2m stems. Sun or part shade. Flower spike larger than most other forms of H. densiflorum. Tough, hardy and easy in the garden.

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Hedychium densiflorum MW ex Salween

A distinct Michael Wickendon collection from the Salween Valley in NW Yunnan. A very hardy ginger lily for permanent garden planting, showing lush foliage to about 1m and slim dense spikes of soft pinkish-orange flowers in late summer/autumn.

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Hedychium gardnerianum NJM 13.079 (new)

A collection from Manipur with the pseudostems and leaf reverse more heavily covered with white farina. Flowers as yet unseen, though will of course be spectacular. Pseudostems to about 1.5m tall, with glossy evergreen foliage if kept potted under cover for winter, though hardy and deciduous outside, especially if mulched.

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Hedychium greenei

One of the finest Ginger lilies for foliage. 1.2m stems are maroon tinted, with leaves green above and a sumptuous deep maroon on the reverse. Shortish heads of fairly large and flamboyant flowers are seen late in the season and for this reason it's best to keep it as a pot plant, though it's really rather hardy in the ground if mulched over for winter.

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Hedychium sp. 'Khang Khui Tall Boy' (new)

Found in the wilds of Eastern Manipur at 1600m asl, at the epicentre of Hedychium diversity, this has pseudo-stems to 2.5m tall. Unseen in flower as yet.

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Hedychium sp. 'Ziyadum' (new)

From Northern Burma. Species unknown and unflowered as yet. Fairly broad foliage.

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Hedychium sp. (yunnanense?) PAB 7361

A highly attractive relatively recent introduction with cream flowers and long extended orange stamen radiating fully around the inflorescence, on leafy stems to 75cm. The flowers are borne extremely early for an Hedychium, in July outside here. This should be fully hardy in the ground, but also an excellent pot plant. Rich soil in sun or semi-shade.

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Hedychium spicatum 'Singalila' (new)

A superlative and very floriferous selection from Eastern Nepal of one of the hardiest and most reliable of all Ginger lilies. Exotic foliage shows red tinted undersides, on stems to approx. 1.2m, topped by large heads of fairly fragrant, rather lax white flowers with orange markings in late summer. The attractive bright red seeds cling to orange seed capsules. Very hardy in sun or semi-shade.

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Hedychium spicatum 'Troglodyte'

An exceptionally brightly coloured form with large individual flowers, found in Manipur. One of the hardiest and most reliable of all Ginger lilies in the garden, forming a mass of exotic foliage on stems to only 1m or less, topped by fairly fragrant diffuse white flowers with orange and yellow bits in late summer. The attractive bright red seeds cling to orange seed capsules. Good soil in sun or semi-shade.

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Hedychium spicatum - from Tibet

A recent wild find of one of the hardiest and most reliable of all Ginger lilies, In this distinct form the flowers are in a dense head and are slightly yellow tinted at maturity in late summer. Attractive bright red seeds cling to orange seed capsules. Grow in rich soil in a warm sheltered site in sun or semi-shade. Height 1m.

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Hedychium villosum var. tenuiflorum

A collection from the far north of its range in Arunachal Pradesh, NE India, this is one of the very finest of Ginger lilies, being short, highly floriferous, flowering fairly early in the ginger season and with deep green glossy foliage and dark-red tinted pseudostems. The flowers are a mix of white spidery petals that age primrose yellow and deep-red long extended stamen, all from red tinted bracts.

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Hedychium wardii

Hedychium wardii

A relatively new introduction from NW Yunnan, China which has settled in very well to cultivation. Most distinct from others in cultivation, this species produces 15cm tall cone-like inflorescences from August onward, from which emerge clusters of large scented, clear yellow, butterfly-like flowers with very short filaments. Trials proved this rather hardy through winter 2010.

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Hedychium x moorei 'Tara'

Hedychium x moorei 'Tara'

A very fine Ginger Lily selected by Tony Schilling, suited to outdoor cultivation. Large, exotic, bright orange flower spikes in late summer, over typically lush, glaucous-green foliage. To 1.5m high. Sun or part shade in rich soil. This has been utterly hardy with me for years, without a winter mulch, even through Nov/Dec 2010!

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