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Hedychium 'Kong'

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Hedychium 'Kong' I don't know much about the origins of this hybrid butterfly ginger. It was distributed a few years ago by the tissue culture propagator, "Agristarts" under the name Hedychium 'Kong', but I have been unable to find it listed anywhere on the internet nor is it listed in the Hardy Gingers book. It grows to about 7 feet tall in my garden, the pseudostems are strong enough to keep it upright without staking, and it produces large flower heads - so this is enough to make it a worthwhile garden plant. It also has a light fragrance. The shape of the inflorescence makes me think this is a hybrid of H. coronarium with H. gardnerianum, but that is really just a guess on my part. If anyone can add some insight on the origins of this hybrid, please let me know. I always like to give credit to the breeder.

I can only assume that it will be hardy to zone 7B at least, possibly zone 7A. I am growing it in the same conditions as my other Hedychiums - part sun, rich, well-drained, organic soil.

Hedychium 'Kong'

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