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Hedychium 'Tropic Bird'

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Hedychium 'Tropic Bird' Hedychium 'Tropic Bird' is a hybrid butterfly ginger bred by - who else - by Tom Wood. He has told me it is one of his proudest achievements in his Hedychium breeding program. The main thing that sets this apart from other butterfly gingers in cultivation is that the individual flowers last several days instead of one day as with most Hedychiums. The flowers change color from white to cream to golden yellow as they age. Not only that, but they are very fragrant! When blooming in my greenhouse they fill the greenhouse with a spicy, clove-like scent, as Tom describes it. 'Tropic Bird' is also unusual because it blooms during cool temperatures - Tom says from September to February. I have had it bloom myself in January, February and April. Hedychium 'Tropic Bird'
Beyond that it has a lot more going for it. It has broad leaves and a compact shape that makes it look great as a potted plant. In my greenhouse it grows a little taller than the 18 inches listed for it - maybe to 3 feet tall - but still easilly managed in a 3 gallon container.

I have not tested it outdoors myself, but Tom says it survives in zones 8-10 with mulching. I believe one of the parents to this hybrid is an epiphytic Hedychium (probably H. longicornutum) so I recommend a very free draining soil or potting medium. It does very well in part shade to very light shade - does not seem to need much direct sunlight to bloom as do other Hedychiums.

Hedychium 'Tropic Bird'

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