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Hedychium spicatum

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9th August 2005

One of the best species for growing outdoors in the UK. Strong upright canes growing to about five feet tall. Heads of large white spiky flowers with distinctive pinkish red columns.

Found in the Himalaya from eastern India to China, there is some variability among plants across its range. The flowers are followed by large capsules, that split open to reveal masses of scarlet seed clusters. Full deciduous, it is easily mulched to protect it from frost.

11th August 2006

8th August 2006

17th August 2008

Giant flowers, even if the narrow petals make them look a bit insubstantial. Nice to see that like most eight year olds, I am still writing all over my hands with a biro!

27th November 2010

7th December 2017