Gandasulium gracile (Roxb.) Kuntze
Hedychium gracile is a perennial plant growing about 60cm tall from an underground rhizome.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a spice.
E. Asia - India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand.
Moist places and on forest edges[
Plants are not very hardy, they tolerate temperatures down to about -2°c[
Requires a rich moist soil and a sunny position[
]. It can be grown in a sunny border as a summer sub-tropical bedding plant[[
The flowers are sweetly scented, the scent being most pronounced towards evening[
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
The tubers should be only just covered in soil[
Used as a spice[
]. No more details are given.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse at 18°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out when large enough.
Division as growth commences[
]. Dig up the clump and divide it with a sharp spade or knife, making sure that each division has a growing shoot. Larger clumps can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on until they are established.
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