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Cautleya spicata

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Deciduous perennial
Zingiberaceae (The Ginger Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southeast Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular to moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
This odd ginger ally is rhizomatous like most gingers, quickly forming dense colonies, from which narrow leaved shoots resembling those of Hedychium but only 1-2 feet tall, appear in spring. These are topped in summer by dense clusters of ginger-like blossoms combining earthy red and bright yellow. The plants die down in winter and are hardy outdoors at least to 20 degrees F. Sun or shade near the coast, part shade inland, most soils, moderate to regular watering.