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Hedychium 'Kewense'

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Hedychium 'Kewense' flower Hedychium 'Kewense' is an old (by ginger timeframes) cultivar of the butterfly ginger, of uncertain origins but most likely named as coming from the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England. According to the recently published book "Hardy Gingers", there are actually two entirely different plants in cultivation under this name. One of these is a form of H. coccineum that is not often found. The other one (offered here) is entirely different. The flowers are a soft raspberry color and only slightly fragrant but the flower heads are large and showy making this an excellent garden cultivar. The canes are fairly strong upright, growing to 6-7 ft. tall in my garden where I am growing it in about 2 hours of early morning sun.

Hardiness is generally rated to zone 7, and Mike Bridges (Southern Perennials and Herbs) tested it to 7 degrees F. in Mississippi. It should be grown in part sun to very light shade, in rich, moist, organic soil.

Hedychium 'Kewense'

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