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Hedychium flavum

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Hedychium flavum inflorescence There has been much confusion between this species and one with a similar name - Hedychium flavescens. I have distinguished the two by the shape and color of the bracts - H. Flavum with green narrow bracts and H. flavescens with dark colored, wide bracts. The new book "Hardy Gingers" indicates that the flowers of H. flavum should be solid yellow without a dark center, but nothing I have found in botanical descriptions or early illustrations support that distinction. The narrow bracts in this plant do not agree with H. flavescens which is supposed to be closer to H. coronarium. Someday, someone will give us a definative answer to this question.

My Hedychium flavum is a medium height ginger, growing to about 6 feet tall in my garden. It has upright stems and produces pale yellow flowers with a darker yellow center. The flowers have a similar fragrance to that of H. flavescens and H. coronarium, but not quite as strong. It should be grown in part sun in rich, moist, organic soil. It is hardy at least to zone 8 and probably zone 7B.


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