Heliconia is a genus of about 200 species known for its quintessentially tropical inflorescences and large, exotic green leaves. Blooms are incredibly colourful and often pollinated by hummingbirds.
Gingers are a family, Zingiberaceae, with about 1.300 species and some are well-known ornamentals, spices and medicines.
Heliconias and gingers are tropical herbaceous plants with underground stem. Many species are sensitive to frost, but some originate in colder habitats and will do well in a Mediterranean climate. A few also tolerate snow and frost. We ship healthy field-grown rhizomes with at least two active growing points.
This mid-sized ginger with ornamental dark green foliage is used throughout SE Asia in many ways: rhizomes are cooked as seasoning or as a medicine. Young shoots are used in many Asian dishes. The inner portion of the aerial shoots is cooked as a vegetable and used in curry for flavouring. It can be kept in a pot for years and will stay small.
This is a cool-growing species of Alpinia, which is possibly the frost-hardiest in the genus. It is similar to Alpinia zerumbet, but shorter in stature with wavier leaf margins. Our rhizomes are uprooted from adult, blooming, mother plants. This ginger is also used medicinally.
One of the showiest variegated plants in the world ! This Asian plant from the ginger family has large dark-green leaves striped in a rich yellow. Large plants will eventually bloom with a spectacular inflorescence of white and yellow flowers, reminiscent of orchids. This plant is used medicinally in a lot of surprising ways.
Fabulous tropical foliage from a cold-hardy Canna! Up to 2 meters in height, with large bold erect leaves, with wavy margins. Leaf colour is absolutely vibrant, glossy red, burgundy, and dark green. It is reminiscent of the famed tropical Heliconia indica with red foliage.
This variegated Canna selected in Germany produces leaves variably variegated with stripes of different shades of white. Also the flowers are often variegated! It loves moisture and can reach anything between 1 and 3 m in height, depending on the length of your growing season.
This is one of the most fabulous Asian spices. The green seed pods of the plant are dried and used in many curries, but also the leaves are very aromatic, with the typical pungent scent. Cardamom can attain 3-4 m in height in rainforest conditions but it typically stays low at 40-50 cm if kept in full sun, in pots or so on.
This is the pink form of a fabulous exotic bloom! "Torch gingers" are tropical ornamental plants of supreme beauty. The torch-like inflorescence is produced at eye level and the vegetative shoots are also very elegant. It is used as a food ingredient for delicacies in SE Asia and also as a medicine.
Magnificent ornamental heliconia, native to the rainforests of the Caribbean, and Northern South America. It produces rich red bracts with yellow-green lips in summer and grows to 2,5-3 m tall. "Lobster Claw One" is a classic selected clone of Heliconia bihai with deep red bracts.
This is a very dark-red selection of Heliconia caribaea, named Black Queen. Heliconia caribaea is a variable species and it is native to humid areas in the Caribbean islands: different local forms are found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles.
Outstanding heliconia with ornamental foliage and dense, upright habit. Most heliconias are from tropical America and only a handful of them is from the Pacific islands. Heliconia indica is one of them and 'Striata' is a supreme striped clone, selected in ancient times somewhere in Melanesia.
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