Friday, May 08, 2009

Chinese Wild Ginger

We hit our first plant sale today sponsored by South St. Paul Garden Club. Lots of hostas and daylilies without names or color which I did not want to take a chance on. But I did find the following all for ten bucks.
  • Tall Phlox unknown variety and color
  • Two Lamium, Spotted Dead Nettle plants
  • Hardy Geranium
  • Two more bleeding hearts
  • Chinese Wild Ginger
  • A couple of bell flowers
The most interesting find was Chinese Wild Ginger although possible a zone 5 plant.
This rare Chinese species forms a clump of glossy, arrowhead-shaped green leaves. Flowers are the largest in the genus, a strange combination of creamy-yellow with brownish purple spots. Plants must have a humus-rich soil and regular moisture through the summer months. Size: 6" high by 12" wide.

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