Grown best in semi-shade or partial shade in moist, well-draining soil and water moderately during the growing season. Dichorisandra thyrsiflora (Blue Ginger) is a clump-forming perennial with a mature height of 2-5 ft. The stems have dark green spots from the leaf axils that look almost like a leopard. Its foliage is large, shiny and is held horizontally. Its flowers are blue, lavender, or purple and are quite striking.
Native to Brazil and Peru, this ethnomedical plant is known to attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. It is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11 and can tolerate temperatures in the low thirties for a short time. In colder regions it can be grown in a pot and in areas with frost can be overwintered in a cool light place.
In pot culture, Blue Ginger needs soil that is kept moist, however, it is important to avoid extremely wet conditions. It is best to water often when the soil is dry to the touch. Keep the planting area well-ventilated, as this helps reduce fungal diseases and ensure good air circulation. Apply fertilizer throughout the growing season, but avoid over-fertilizing.
Blue Ginger is a beautiful plant which adds an exotic touch to any garden or patio. Its foliage and flowers create an attractive display, making it a perfect choice for any tropical-themed space. In addition, its ethnomedical uses are an added bonus.