This glorious "Ginger lily" grows well in semi-shade, and prefers high levels of water. The leaves and top growth die back in frosts but reappear the following Summer when it benefits from a lot of water during the growth period. It performs best in a rich but well drained soil and likes to be heavily mulched. The stems grow upwards, and when mature, lean outwards thereby displaying the flowers clear of the leaves, whilst the edges of the leaf bases that clasp the stems are distinctly coloured red. This plant has a unique clove-like fragrance. Habitat: It is a native of Eastern Himalayas and north east India where it can be found growing on shaded mud slopes.
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Classification:Half hardy perennial, Hardy perennial
Packet Content:6 (Approx)