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Cyclamen-Leaved Ginger

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This lustrous evergreen perennial is a welcome addition in the shady border. In the spring and summer months, the heart-shaped leaves of this ginger are dark green with lighter sage-green mottling, turning maroon-purple in autumn and persisting through winter. The 6” tall mounds of pest free evergreen foliage performs best in well drained soils. Once established, cyclamen-leaved ginger tolerates moderate drought conditions. The inconspicuous burgundy-brown flowers are borne at ground-level beneath the leaves in early spring. Cyclamen-leaved ginger is attractive against a backdrop of mosses. It also combines well with Thelypteris noveboracensis, Enemion biternatum, Iris cristata, or Carex laxiculmis ‘Hobb’.

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