What's blooming at the Baltimore Conservatory?
Photo credit: Michael Lemmon
This majestic perennial, blooming now at the Baltimore Conservatory in Druid Hill Park, is appropriately named the Red Tower Ginger because it can grow up to 6 to 8 feet tall and is crowned with red spikes that produce small bright yellow flowers.
The leaves are a glossy green that grow short hairs on the underside, making them very soft to the touch.
These gingers are native to Costa Rica and do best in Zones 9 or higher. They will not tolerate frost but can be grown in containers and brought inside for the winter months.