Hedychium longicornutum

Hedychium longicornutum

Hedychium longicornutum or Hornbill’s Ginger is an ornamental ginger with beautiful red and yellow flowers with long, protruding stamens.

It is actually an epiphyt but can be grown in container, preferably in an orchid substrate.

This plant is not hardy and must overwinter indoors.

Description:

The plant is about 1 m high. The root is large, thick and fleshy.

The pseudo stem is about 60 cm high. The leaves are oblong and hairy, about 30 cm long and 12 cm wide.

The flowers grow in a spike of 12 cm long. They are red and yellow with 15 cm long, white stamens.

The fruit is a brown, hairy capsule that contains about 15 red seeds .

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Hornbill’s Ginger, Perched Gingerwort

Synonym:

Hedychium crassifolium

Etymology:

Hedychium: from the Greek hedys (sweet) and chion (snow)
Longicornutum: from the Latin longus (long) and cornu (horn)

Origin:

Malaysia

Habitat:

Tropical rainforest in the foothills where it grows on small trees



Hardiness:

USDA zone 9-1

Flowering:

Spring

Care:

Exposure:

Sun

Soil:

Use a very porous substrate: orchids substrate or bark chips

Water:

Keep the substrate moist

Fertilizer:

Needs very little nutrients and usually the ones that are in the substrate are sufficient.

Propagation:

By seed or division

Sowing instructions:

  • sow in moist sphagnum
  • 22 °C
  • germination time: 1-3 weeks

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