Archive entry 28.10.07
Archive entry 20.09.09
12th September 2004
A quite variable species occurring naturally from northern India south and west to Bangladesh, however it is
grown widely throughout Asia.
There are a great many forms, and a great many names in cultivation. They are all good, but the shorter
growing forms are easier to accomodate. The taller forms have no trouble reaching 7' or 8' (2.4m).
RHS Award of Garden Merit (1993).
For many years I grew a plant in a tub in a cold greenhouse, but during the recent Foot and Mouth disease
crisis my dear little pig was moved into the greenhouse to keep her from harm, and to make space, this was
one of the things that was moved outside. It grew strongly for two years, and then failed to re-appear.
Footnote: my dear little pig died of old age last year, in her sleep.
29th September 2006
I can't believe that this is actually a form of H.coccineum, but I have yet to see it flower, the species is very variable.
It came form In Excess Garden Centre in Ringwood.
14th September 2007
This one came from Barncoose Nursery, and is fairly typical for the species. You can also see in the background that I have finally built a new greenhouse for the Hedychium.
It is a big greenhouse, and in the first season I discovered that it isn't big enough!
2nd October 2008
2nd October 2009
23rd September 2010
28th August 2015