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Blue Ginger, Brazilian Ginger
Scientific Name: Dichorisandra thyrsiflora J.C. Mikan
Family: Commelinaceae
Blue Ginger, Brazilian Ginger (Dichorisandra  thyrsiflora)
Blue Ginger in the New York Botanical Garden greenhouse
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 25-27
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Tender in Phoenix, does not take any frost, should be kept inside in a bright location, or in a greenhouse

Heat Tolerance: Barely survives the summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Brazil, Peru

Growth Habits: Evergreen perennial to 6 feet tall (1.8 m), 3 feet spread (1 m)

Watering Needs: Abundant water, keep soil moist, the air should be humid when the plant is in growth

Propagation: Division in spring, or tip cutting in summer

Blue Ginger is a misnomer, although somewhat looking like a ginger, the Dichorisandra is actually related to the wandering jew.

Blue Ginger, Brazilian Ginger (Dichorisandra  thyrsiflora)

Cultural Practices:
Feed your Dichorisandra lightly, every months. Check for spider mites.

Blooming Habits:
The small flowers of the Dichorisandra are arranged in dense spikes, and come in summer and fall.

Fruiting Habits:

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