One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Okay, there's hardy and there's hardy.....Alpinia japonica
We have stands of this plant growing within 10 feet of this stump but none of those plants ever flower. The only plant that flowers is this one sunk down below ground level in this rotten stump. It flowers every year. In its evergreen form, this ginger is generally considered a zone 8a plant, though it can go a bit cooler, obviously, as a die back perennial.