A bizarre but truly beautiful member of the Ginger family, torch ginger forms a massive shrubby perennial with leaves arching up to 12' tall, forming a vase-shaped plant. From a distance it could be mistaken for a giant leather fern. The striking flowers bloom on separate, leafless flower stalks that emerge directly from the mass of rhizomes under the soil; these reach 3-4' tall, creating an unusual layered effect of foliage and flowers in the landscape.
The flower itself is a stylish structure that first looks like a tulip. As it opens wider, the petals (actually, colorful leaves called bracts) flattern and turn down, causing the bloom to resemble a protea or large camellia. The structure continues to elongate as it opens, becoming pinecone-shaped. The true flowers, resembling small trumpets, emerge from within the bracts. The bracts of pink torch ginger, as the name implies, are a lovely soft pink edged in white. Pink torch ginger will bloom throughout the year but most heavily in spring and summer.
As with most other gingers, torch ginger prefers rich, moist, organic soil and partial shade or light overhead shade. It is not drought-tolerant and the stems will die off if the plant is kept too dry.
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