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Distichochlamys rubrostriata

Short, charming ginger from Vietnam.
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A short and charming ginger from Vietnam with yellow blossoms that emerge from a reddish flower spike in January and February. The flower spike reminds me of the Justicia shrimp plant. Distichochlamys rubrostriata grows to a height of 8 to 12 inches. Bright green, paddle shaped leaves are held upright on slender stems. The leaves are mildly ribbed and can be 4 to 7 inches wide.

Many of these are growing in the ground at Zone 9 Tropicals in our greenhouse where they multiply readily. We have not tested these outdoors for winter hardiness.They do not go dormant in the greenhouse.

Distichochlamys rubrostriata is very easy to grow in pots and spreads readily. We keep our specimens in medium to bright light and water frequently.

The lack of pollinators for this plant in our part of the world makes it unlikely to produce seed, but it easily spreads rhizomatously.

Light Requirements

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Partial Sun/Shade

Distichochlamys rubrostriata does best in bright light and may require up to four hours of continuous light. Full sun may be too much for this plant and can lead to less than satisfactory performance. Similarly, not enough light will lead to poor health as well.

Light sources for Distichochlamys rubrostriata include:

  • A western or eastern exposure location
  • A light controlled greenhouse or solarium
  • A window exposure with up to 4 hours of bright or indirect light
  • A patio with high walls or tall plants under bright shade
  • An outdoor location with bright dappled light

Be mindful of southern exposures where light intensity and duration may fall short. Obstructions such curtains or rooms with dark colors may also affect the light conditions where this plant is located.