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Hedychium coccineum
Hedychium coccineum
Hedychium coccineum
Hedychium coccineum

Hedychium coccineum

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Scarlet ginger. What a misnomer. "Coccineum" in Latin means "scarlet" or "dark red" which it certainly is not. It is more of a deep salmon color when in flower. But it is one of the more cold hardy gingers, flowering from mid summer to fall with terminal spikes of 10-12". We don't even bother to protect 3 gallon cans in the open during the winter, and they all come back out the next spring. This plant forms attractive dark red seed on its flower spikes when they fade. Maybe this is where the "coccineum" comes from. It readily reseeds and one can find small plantlets the next spring which can be left in place or shared with your neighbors. Its ultimate height is 5-6'.

Zones 7-10