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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.
Flower colour: red, pink, white
Flowering season: summer
Maximum height: 4.5 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres
Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, bees.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-7.5
Planting season: All.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.