Hedychium x Elizabeth has beautiful raspberry pink flowers and is the first hedychium I ever grew. I first encountered hedychiums on holiday to the island of Tresco and had to have this one as it shares its name with my Mum, even so I still haven't got around to taking a photo of the flower. I have taken a photo of the rhizome which is similiar to what you will receive, nice and fresh with good pink growth points - not the completly dried out rhizome you sometimes see for sale (which is slow to establish if it comes up at all).
Height: 50-100cm. Spectacular flowering (August)
Best grown in a multi purpose compost or fertile soil and fed regularly to promote growth. Make sure that hedychiums get plenty of water to maintain luxurious growth. Easy, hardy and rewarding plants to grow.
Hedychium x Elizabeth rhizome
Hedychiums are relatives of the root ginger which come form Asia. They are marvellous plants noted for their luxuriant foliage and fantastic tropical flowers. They make excellent conservatory plants and many are root hardy down to at least -10C. The following should be noted regarding their maintenance and appearance:
- Grow in a moist fertile soil either in pots or in the ground.
- Water regularly and feed every couple of weeks when in active growth.
- If growing in a conservatory or heated greenhouse plants will remain evergreen throughout the year and will flower earlier than those grown outside.
- If growing outside it is best to plant deep and add a layer of mulch during the winter to protect the roots.
- The first frosts will kill off most of the foliage.
New growth will re-emerge from the roots in spring.