Blue ginger

FAMILY: Commelinaceae | GENUS: DICHORISANDRA thyrsiflora

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Filtered Light
WATER
  • Ample Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

This Brazilian native is not a true ginger but rather a robust and upright-growing relative of wandering Jew (Tradescantia). Succulent, unbranched or sparsely branched stems rise from a short, fleshy rhizome and reach 68 ft. tall. Deep green, oval, 6- to 12-in.-long, evergreen leaves are spirally arranged around the stem, forming a 3-ft.-wide foliage clump. Deep violet-blue flowers appear in 6-in. spikes at tops of stems throughout the year. Best in moist soil enriched with organic matter. Easy to propagate by cuttings. As a houseplant or in greenhouse, grows 3 ft. tall in an 8-in. pot, taller in a large container. Weeping blue ginger (D. pendula) is similar but has drooping clusters of blue flowers.

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