Looking good now
The famous jade vine is in flower in the Glasshouse Range, much earlier than last year, while outside spring seems to have stalled.
The famous jade vine is in flower in the Glasshouse Range, much earlier than last year, while outside spring seems to have stalled.
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Zingiber spectabile

This Garden is full of extraordinary plants, but this beehive ginger is right up there. Native to South East Asia, the upright stem swells to a cotton bud shape, covered in waffle lattice of lipped bracts in a rather sickly pale yellow. Occasionally, hooded, dark spotted flowers peep out from the voids as a toddler might stick a tongue out at a passerby!

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