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Description: Only recently introduced to western horticulture from a collection in north-western Yunnan. A sturdy species with glossy green broad leaves to around 50cm long that clasp the robust stems. Forming by late summer a terminal spike of imbricate (broad overlapping) bracts that the individual distinctive bright yellow broad flowers push their way out of, in sequence of up to 6 lightly scented flowers, over up to a 6 week period. Not had the opportunity to trial it ourselves, but it is reported to be as hardy as H. gardnerianum which withstood the winter of 2010/11 for us unharmed to –15C. Grow in a well drained, but moisture retentive soil in good light. All Hedychium rot if grown in wet soils, nothing to do with hardiness just drainage.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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