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Hedychium 'Edison Home'

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Hedychium 'Edison Home' plant I found this ginger locally under the name "Hedychium 'Edison Home' and have been trying to trace it back to see where it originated. Tallahassee Nurseries bought it from Brandy (Just Fruits) who got it from Russel Adams (Gainesville Tree Farm) who got it from SOMEONE who got it from the Thomas Edison Estate in Ft. Myers, Florida. That's as far as I have gotten in the detective work, but I am guessing it is an old forgotten cultivar that was collected by Thomas Edison's gardener. It is certainly different looking from other Hedychium hybrids I am familiar with. The new book "Hardy Gingers" has picked up the name and says it is a hybrid of H. coccineum, but I have no idea where they came up with that, and personally I do not see coccineum in this one at all.

The flower color reminds me very much of a paler version of H. 'Elizabeth' . The flower heads are large and dense, opening from the bottom, and slightly fragrant. The stems are quite sturdy and the plant is vigorous, increasing to a large patch in one season for me. I really think this is a winning hybrid and that it will eventually become quite popular if it gets out farther than just this local area. I know of one other nursery in central Florida that is offering it, but no one on a national mail order site. So here is your chance to be the first in you neighborhood with a piece of the Thomas Edison Estate growing in your garden.


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