Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora, Blue Ginger

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora 
 Blue Ginger
This electric blue flowering Ginger is from southern Brazil and is quite a hardy plant .It will tolerate a light frost and can be grown over a range of climates. It does best in semi shade in humus rich soil but will tolerate sun and can cope with periods of dry as well. Flowers appear in early summer and continue well into autumn and are produced on stems about 1.5 metres tall. Eventually it forms a size able clump which can be divided up like any perennial. It is also fairly easy to grow from cuttings being in the Spiderwort Family: Commelinaceae it produces clear divisions along the stem (nodes) which are easy markers as to where to take cuttings.
2017 update: I still grow this and have plants available from time to time.

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