Hornstedtia reticulata

Hornstedtia reticulata


One packet contains 12 seeds.

Hornstedtia reticulata is a part of the ginger family Zingiberaceae, a group of aromatic perennial herbs that grow rhizomes, like turmeric and ginger root. H. reticulata is endemic to Borneo, one of the most diverse areas for gingers in the world. It is distributed throughout lowland forests. Clumps of leafy shoots grow to 3 m (10 ft), supported by shallow stilt roots. The inflorescences emerge from the rhizome, forming spikes of grey-green bracts tinged with red. They are very reticulated (have a web-like pattern), giving the name “reticulata.” The tops of these spikes expand and red flowers emerge, surrounded by liquid inside the bracts. This liquid is thought to protect the flowers from being eaten by insects. Traditionally, sheaths from the leafy shoots have been used for weaving mats and small baskets.

Suitable for outdoor planting in USDA plant hardiness zone 10

Minimum tested germination rate is 30%

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