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29 October

Beehive Ginger, Zingiber spectabile at Kew

Zingiber spectabile are similar to the well known torch gingers with basal flowers and lush foliage however the plants tend to be smaller in size with the flowers coming out the ground on 50-80cm stems. The flower as the common name alludes to resemble a honeycomb with both elongated and round flowers. Native to South East Asia they need a warmer climate than the UK for permanent planting. The colour of the flowers can range from golden yellow all the way through to the dark chocolate and all the apricot and coffee colours in between.


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