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Hedychium marginatum.. or other 'reds'?

Posted by mecontus (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 25, 08 at 18:45

I have been searching for a beautiful Hedychium I saw about 20 years ago years ago with dark red flowers. This one looks like it may be it, but it doesn't seem to be in cultivation, or at least nobody is talking about it on the web.. which I'd find hard to believe if its out there! Anybody growing Hedychium marginatum?

Hedychium marginatum

Another one I have been seeing offered online with red flowers is H. greenii.. but its so hard to tell from the photos posted on the Internet (I have a sneaking suspicion it has pinkish to orange-y flowers like H. coccineum). Can anyone tell me does H. greenii look anything close to this?

Thanks for your help with either one.


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RE: Hedychium marginatum.. or other 'reds'?

I have H. greenii and it has large orange red flowers similar to your photo but mine is a little more red.

RE: Hedychium marginatum.. or other 'reds'?

Thanks Abe.. I read with great interest that you said "...more red". I can't tell you how much it helps to get a firsthand description of somebody who is growing one of them.

Over the holidays an international expert in gingers actually took a look at my photo, and recognized it as a local [to India] form of H. greenii with 'tubular' bracts.. while most of the ones we grow here have 'imbricate' bracts.

The more I consider the evidence, it must have been an H. greenii I saw so long ago. I reckon I'll know this summer when it flowers!


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