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Etlingera eliator (Torch ginger, Torch lily, Porcelain rose, Wax flower)

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Plant description

Etlingera eliator, or Torch Ginger or Lily, is a tropical perennial that bears stunning large flowers on long stems. It grows from a rhizome into a tall plant with lush looking foliage. The flowers make good, long lasting cut flowers, and come in a range of colours from red to pinks and white, and inj different forms. It likes a warm humid climate or greenhouse, regular watering and fertilising. If allowed to dry out, the plant can die down, but should resprout from the underground rhizomes. It does not tolerate frost.

Both the flower buds and the ripe seed pods, which contain small black seeds, are edible, and are used in Asian cuisines.

Propagation is by division of the plant.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red, pink, white
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 4.5 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres

Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: All.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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