Cautleya is a small genus consisting of 3–4 species of high-altitude tropical and temperate exotic jungle gingers, native to cool forest areas of the eastern Himalayas. The plants produce popular tropical flowers widely used in the cut flower industry. They are deciduous and winter dormant. The plants are upright, clump-forming perennials 2–3 ft. high and 1–1.5 ft. in spread, with oblong, glossy, deep green leaves tinged with maroon, and stems 2 ft. tall. In summer to early fall, the plants bear 14-in., erect spikes of funnel-shaped, pale orange or brilliant yellow flowers above the lush leaves. Flowers emerge from deep red bracts, followed by dark-red fruits.
They grow rapidly and vigorously during the summertime. The plants are reliably hardy gingers and can tolerate some frost, to −15 degrees Celsius (+5 °F). They are generally planted in rich, moist, and well-drained soils in partial shade, and are propagated from rhizomes.
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