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Blog: Sherman Gardens Plant of the Week

The red-hot Torch Ginger is in full bloom in the Tropical Conservatory.

The towering flower of the tropical Torch Ginger reaches over 6 feet high.

Resting on a thick red stalk the scarlet scales of the Etlingera elatior open to reveal an intricate composite of petals lined with white and yellow. Clumping rhizomes located just below the soil surface anchor the robust stalk of leaves reaching the ceiling of the greenhouse.

Native to Indonesia, this huge flower it not only popular in floral arrangements, but in traditional Indonesian cuisine. This intriguing flower only blooms for a few weeks, so don't miss it. Stop by our Tropical Conservatory soon!

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Erin McCoy July 19, 2012 at 12:19 AM
It's mid July and we have two new flower spikes about to open!

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