Scarlet Ginger
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Scarlet Ginger
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Scarlet Ginger • Mizo: Ainawn
Botanical name: Hedychium greenii    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Scarlet Ginger is a wonderful 3-4 ft tall ginger that is considered the the most attractive of the genus. The dark green leaves, oblong pointed, have a reddish underside. The plant clumps carry small scarlet red flowers at the top. Scarlet Ginger produces small plantlets where the flowers fade. One can pull off these plantlets after they mature a bit, and sow them in the soil about an inch, and they will root readily forming new plants. Scarlet Ginger is native to Eastern Himalayas, but is now grown as a garden plant worldwide.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Sairep area, Mizoram.

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