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Hedychium 'Rayna'

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Hedychium 'Rayna' flower There is quite a story behind this one. I bought it at Just Fruits, and Brandy told me she bought it wholesale from Russel Adams' Gainesville Tree Farm (which was a great place to find gingers). She said it was a dwarf cultivar called 'Rayna'. Several months later I was down in Gainesville so I stopped in to see what they had new, and mentioned the cute hybrid cultivar 'Rayna' they had sold to Brandy. "We've never had a Hedychium named 'Rayna'", they replied. "We used to have an employee named Rayna, but she does not work here any longer." Hmmmmm. I checked back with Brandy, and she insists that was the name given when she bought the plant. Once when Tom Wood was visiting, he told me he thought the plant was actually his hybrid Hedychium 'Four Way'. The author of the new book "Hardy Gingers" must have seen it on my web site, because it is described there (probably based on my photos) and so the name 'Rayna' is now published and will have to stick.

Whatever the correct name is, it is a great little butterfly ginger. It has grown to just 4 ft. tall in my garden in filtered shade and a little shorter in part sun. The canes are relatively thick for the height so that the plants do not flop over at all. The inflorescense is very different, broad oval in overall shape, with creamy white flowers, peachy centers and long protruding orange stamens - quite showy and slightly fragrant. It does not look like any other Hedychium I have growing in my garden.

Hedychium 'Rayna'

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