Gandasulium gracile (Roxb.) Kuntze
Hedychium gracile is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of erect stems around 60cm tall from a tuberous 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[
Hedychium gracile is native to subtropical and tropical regions in southern Asia. Plants are not very cold-hardy, though they can tolerate short-lived temperatures falling to about -2Â°c[
Requires a rich moist soil and a sunny position[
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 lightly shaded position in containers in a nursery. Germination is best at 18Â°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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