• Zingiber clarkei
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Zingiber clarkei

Size: ex 1.5L pots

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£13.99

Quick Overview

  • Unusual yellow-brown speckled flowers
  • Inflorescence produced laterally from leaf apices
  • Distinctively ribbed foliage and red fruit capsules
  • Root hardy if mulched in winter
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Description

Zingiber clarkei is an interesting and highly ornamental member of the Zingiberaceae from the Himalayas. It is a medium-sized ginger, growing to about a 1.5m with oblong-lanceolote leaves with distinctive ribs and a pale, slightly silvery-green colouration on the undersides. Unlike most gingerss the inflorescence appears laterally from the stem. The flowers are an unusual speckled yellow-brownish colour and the fruit capsules turn an attractive bright red as they ripen.

Zingiber clarkei is named after Charles Baron Clarke who first collected it in 1870 in Darjeeling. Clarke traveled extensively throughout the Himalayas collecting and documenting a huge range of plants, amassing an enormous herbarium. He became the superintendent of the Calcutta Botanical Garden from 1869 to 1871 and after retiring from the Indian Civil Service in 1887, worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

He was president of the Linnean Society from 1894 to 1896, was a Fellow of the Geological Society from 1868 and a Fellow of the Royal Society from 1882.

He lived at Kew until his death in 1906, donating much of of his herbarium to RBG Kew.

Zingiber clarkei is not often encountered in collections and should be grown more often. Its unusual inflorescence is a rewarding joy for the patient grower. It is one of the more hardy of the Zingibers and is relatively tolerant of the cold, surviving outside in warmer regions of the UK providing it has good drainage and a thick mulch during its dormant period in the winter.

Additional Information

Order Zingiberales
Family Zingiberaceae
Sub-Family No
Synonyms No
Geographical Origin Himalayas: India; Sikkim, Darjeeling; Eastern Nepal and Bhutan
Cultivation Warm, sheltered aspect, slightly shaded or sun. Moist, humus-rich, fertile, well-drained soil. Water and feed well in the summer and mulch in winter
Eventual Height 1.7m-2m
Eventual Spread 1 m
Hardiness Root hardy in warmer regions of the UK if mulched well. If kept in a pot it can be brought into a cool greenhouse. Cover pot with fleece

Zingiber clarkei

Size: ex 1.5L pots

Availability: In stock

£13.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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