Weeping Blue Ginger
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Weeping Blue Ginger
P Introduced Photo: Sarika Ahuja
Common name: Weeping Blue Ginger
Botanical name: Dichorisandra penduliflora    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Stickmannia penduliflora

Weeping Blue Ginger is not actually a ginger despite its name. It belongs to the Dayflower family. It is a perennial herb growing about 2 ft tall. Leaves are dark green, narrowly elliptic, upper surface glossy. Striking blue flowers, 1.5 to 2 cm across, are borne in drooping inflorescence. Flowers have three petals, like most flowers of the Dayflower family. The flower bracts continue to bloom for many months with flowers arriving daily. On sunny days, the flowers will close in the afternoon but remain open all day if itÂ’s cloudy. Weeping Blue Ginger is native to Brazil, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Sarika Ahuja Photographed in cultivation in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

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