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Burbidgea schizocheila

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Burbidgea schizocheila flowers I have seen this ginger listed under several different common names, but my personal favorite is the VooDoo Flame Ginger, as it was listed in a wholesale nursery in south Florida. I have also seen it listed with the species name "scheizocheila", but I think the correct spelling is as above. It is hard to find and even harder to grow unless grown in the right conditions, so I am listing it in the advanced series.

Burbidgea schizocheila is native to Borneo where it grows as an evergreen in hot, humid jungles. The foliage is very interesting with a bumpy texture and almost succulent feel to the leaves, dark green on top and purplish brown undersides. Makes a perfect contrast to the bright golden yellow flowers. Most descriptions I have seen indicate that it blooms in spring and fall, but I have always seen it blooming in the winter. It grows to 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall.

As mentioned above, this is NOT an easy plant to grow. It is somewhat of an epiphyte and needs a fast draining soil with the rhizome ABOVE the soil level and only the roots in the soil or potting medium. It is also quite tender and cannot be allowed to go dormant, so it must be grown year round in warm, humid conditions. It is small and compact enough to be grown as a houseplant. If you do grow it outdoors, make sure it is in bright shade and high humidity, planted in leaf mold or similar loose, organic material.


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