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Hedychium greenei

Archive entry 25.09.11

24th September 2005

A rampant reckless tart of a plant, that is usually treated as tender, but is probably a good deal tougher than it appears. It seems to be a sterile triploid, flowering freely but never setting seed. To compensate for this, it produces plantlets from the bracts of the old inflorescences.

Tom Wood says that stocks in cultivation all derive from a plant collected in SW Bhutan and grown in Darjeeling prior to 1908, by a Mr Green. He adds that he has since tried to locate it near its original site, but without success.(See notes at Le Jardin Ombrage ).

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