Blue Ginger

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Blue ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora) is not a true ginger, but it has ginger-like, arching stems and vibrant, purple/blue flowers in autumn. This exotic Brazilian perennial is the perfect plant for moist, shady spots in the garden and looks particularly good teamed with tree ferns and palms. It also makes a good pot plant.

Blue ginger grows around 2m (6′) tall and 1m (3′) wide. The 30cm (12″) long leaves are narrow, glossy and dark green. Blue ginger is frost tender, and does best from Sydney to Perth and areas north.

Cost and availability

Available in nurseries in 140mm pots for $12.00, may be difficult to find.