Hedychium forrestii

Hedychium forrestii

Ginger lily

£15.99

Pot Size:

3Ltr

|

37 In stock

SKU: 3864

Description

Family Zingiberaceae
Originating from Himalayas, China.

  • Tall leaning stems bear large tropical-looking perennial foliage, growing vigorously to create an open clump.
  • Large loose spikes of white heavily scented flowers are borne in summer.
  • One of the hardier gingers, easy to grow even in deep shade.

Exotic slender leaves are held on fleshy stems, emerging as spikes in spring, they are a little more slender than other gingers and are more delicate, so protection from strong winds in its preferred woodland environment is advisable. It is one of the first gingers to shoot and bear flower which, coupled with its hardiness, it makes it a fantastic addition to jungle, woodland and oriental planting schemes. The clumps rhizomatous roots, which smell of ginger if cut, slowly spread and produce more stems each season, making a dense and impressive display of lush foliage. Although closely related to culinary ginger this species is not used in cooking.

In summer, loose panicles of delicate, spidery pure white scented flowers with orange bases to the petals and long exotic orange stamens appear, the evoking the tropics like few other plants. A large clump will produce numerous flower spikes, emerging as eye-catching buds held in ranks on the stems, maturing to bloom at different times, meaning the clump may bear flowers in succession for well over a month.

The loose, lush foliage and white flowers of a large clump of H. forrestii growing in the shade of a jungle garden perfectly compliments more structured exotics like Trachycarpus fortunei, Tetrapanax ‘Rex’, Phyllostachys aureocaulis f. aureosulcata and Hibanobambusa tranquillans ‘Shiroshima’. Its elegance, when planted in space, also has the potential to offset plants pruned in the Niwaki style in oriental gardens.

As possibly the hardiest and earliest flowering gingers, it is easy to grow in southern and coastal gardens in sun, part or full shade in rich soil. For best results cultivate the site for planting with manure and cover the roots with a thick mulch of straw for winter in colder, northern gardens.

Height and spread after 1 – 3 years 1m x 80cm
Height and spread after 3- 5 years 1.5m x 1.5

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Nursery 10am to 5pm. March-October
10am to 4pm or dusk if earlier. November-February
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10am to 3pm. November-February
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