splendid wild ginger
Splendid wild ginger is aptly named, for it is indeed splendid. Emerging in spring, its leaves are large, lustrous dark green overlaid with silver patterns. Turn the leaf over and it is a deep purple beneath. Curious dark chocolate-brown and purple cup-shaped flowers appear in late winter.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: white, blue
Great Color Partners: silver, green, brown
Culture NotesThis Chinese wild ginger prefers open to deep shade. It is tolerant of a variety of soil conditions, preferring rich well-drained locations but tolerating sand and clay. For best growth provide regular watering during dry weather. The leaves can be cut back in late January to reveal the strange flowers near the crown of the plant. The new growth is susceptible to slug damage; use slug control until the foliage matures in early summer.
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Plant Type: perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 9 in. (0.53 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9
Flower Color: brown, purple
Sun/Light Exposure: open to deep shade
Water Requirements: regular watering