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Cautleya spicata 'Robusta'

Cautleya spicata 'Robusta'

Family:  Zingiberaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Yellow
Leaf Colour:  Green
Foliage:  Deciduous
Position:  Light/Part Shade
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  60cm to 90cm (2' to 3')
Peat Free?  Yes
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H5 minimum -10C to -15C
Pot Size:  2L



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An excellent hardy ginger relative with dark green leaves, maroon-red bracts and warm mango-yellow flowers in summer to 90cm. Drained but good soil that doesn't dry out too much in shade.

If you are new to trying hardy Gingers then you can't go far wrong with Cautleya spicata 'Robusta'.  It has proven hardy in some of the coldest winters in recent years as long as it isn't waterlogged.  Add a mulch of bark chips or similar if you are worried!  If you wish to grow it in a pot then take it inside a cold greenhouse/shed/garage for the winter and keep it on the dry side.