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Hedychium densiflorum

Hardy Ginger Lily

A small, deciduous ginger with leafy shoots to about 1.2 m (4 ft.) tall and a terminal inflorescence with attractive yellow flowers. Native to the Himalayas from Nepal to eastern Tibet between 1800 and 2400 m (6000 and 8000 ft.) it can form large colonies on shaded, often rocky slopes. A rather hardy and cool-growing ginger, suitable for USDA zones 8 to 10 or even lower with heavy mulching.

 
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... are of excellent ornamental value
In Basel Landschaft in switzerland they need little care and grow normal.
I have had best growth of it in sandy soil mixed with some compost (10%) added in spring. The tubers should be planted sallow into the soil and covered with not more than 2 cm soil ontop. the plants like a semi-shaded and wind protected position in warm ground. Watering is only needed when the leaves start to curl in. Too much water causes rotting and may prevent flowering. Very nice cented flowers which can be used for cut flower arrangements, lasting up to 2 weeks. If grown in areas with winterfreezing the tubers should be either planted close toa south or western wall or digged out and kept dry and dark until April.
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
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