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Welcome to our seventh article in the series of posts ‘Flowers in Casa de Campo’, an insight into the many different types of plants found across the Casa de Campo complex. Today we bring you the “Ginger.” Although it shares the same name as the famous ginger root, this flower does not produce edible ginger, but it belongs to the same family.
This is a tropical flower that, when looked after properly, blooms for a very long time in vibrant red-pink color. It is however very delicate and requires very moist and mild temperatures, in Casa de Campo you can spot them in the shady areas of Altos de Chavón. If you have this flower in your home, we recommend keeping them in fresh clean water and in the shade.
- The primary bracts usually are red (occasionally pink or white in cultivated forms)
- The nectar of this flower is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.
- This very popular Ginger composed of layers of cerise bracts is used in the cut flower industry around the world.
- It will bloom at 1 m but can grow up to 3 m or more. The beautiful red flower bract can last up to 3 weeks on the plant and will produce plantlets as the flower begins to fade.
This is the seventh article of our series “Flowers in Casa de Campo”, in future articles you can look forward to reading about: The Cayena, the African tuliptree “Amapola” and much more!
* This article was written by former collaborator Daniela Medina