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ID bamboo like flowering plant

Postby ferrie » Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:51 pm

Hi can anyone ID this plant in the foreground with red flowers. I understand it's native (possibly to NSW). The stalk looks like it could be a type of bamboo with large green leaves. The red flower itself grows to about 20cm tall and is now starting to sprout yellow flowers within the red section. It grows quite rapidly and I want to find out how to prune it back as the stalks I have cut subsequently die. :oops: Thank you in advance
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Re: ID bamboo like flowering plant

Postby greg.l » Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:06 pm

Is that growing in one of the glasshouses at the Sydney botanic gardens? I can see a glasshouse frame in the background. Perhaps the bot gardens could help you, they have a plant ID service.
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Re: ID bamboo like flowering plant

Postby ferrie » Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:11 pm

hi Greg no its in my garden. RBG is an option but I've resisted as to take a cutting there means i'd be killing another stem.
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Re: ID bamboo like flowering plant

Postby greg.l » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:06 pm

You only have to email them the picture.
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Re: ID bamboo like flowering plant

Postby abwal » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:21 pm

It looks like one of the ginger family.
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Re: ID bamboo like flowering plant

Postby tam » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:40 pm

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Re: ID bamboo like flowering plant

Postby ferrie » Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:51 am

Yes it is! http://wildlifeofhawaii.com/flowers/125 ... er-ginger/
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Re: ID bamboo like flowering plant

Postby Val » Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:38 pm

Yep. AKA Costus barbatus.[See page 11 of the current GE catalogue.] Mine are under trees for frost protection & reach heights of 3m. The yellow flower buds are edible & have a mild tang to them. Good in salads. Don't worry about pruning as they produce new shoots regularly once established. If you pot up sections of the old stems when the flowering finishes they will sprout very easily. I had some start growing where I'd just left them on the ground amongst the leaf litter.
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