Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6-8 feet
Plant Spread: Forms clumps 3 to 4 feet wide.
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Reddish-orange capsule.
Flowers: Showy
Other: Small 3/4 inch flowers on @ 8 inch long stalked cymes.
Flower Color: Blue
Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Tuber
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Bog gardening
Uses: Cut Flower
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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The 2014 All Things Plants Top 25 Summer Bulbs and TubersThe 2014 All Things Plants Top 25 Summer Bulbs and Tubers
By dave on May 17, 2014

What a fun and diverse group of plants! Come on in and check out the report of the top 25 most active summer bulbs and tuber entries in our plants database. You will be surprised at some of the plants that made the list!

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Location: Saint Helena Island, SCDate: 2008-09-19
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Location: Indiana  zone 5Date: 2016-01-02House plant for zone 5
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Location: my garden Date: 2017-11-22
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-09-28Vibrant color for fall
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Location: Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2013-12-04
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Location: my garden Date: 2017-10-05only one stem with bloom
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Location: my garden Date: 2017-10-05
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-07-28Rooted from root stem
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Location: Paraty, BrazilDate: 2010-02-13In the rainforest...
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2011-10-31
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2012-10-13
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Location: Indiana  zone 5Date: 2016-01-02House plant for zone 5
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-09-28
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Location: Paraty, BrazilDate: 2010-02-13In the rainforest..
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 2009-09-29
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-11-01
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-11-01
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2012-10-13Unopened bloom
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-11-01
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-11-01
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2016-08-18Blue Ginger 005
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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Feb 19, 2013 10:50 AM

Amazingly, this plant is actually part of the Spiderwort family!

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Commelinales
Family: Commelinaceae – Spiderwort family
Genus: Dichorisandra J. C. Mikan
Species: Dichorisandra thyrsiflora J. C. Mikan – blue ginger

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