There are few flowers in the garden that are as cute as the black and white blooms of panda face ginger. They peak through the foliage at ground level and may be hidden by the heart-shaped leaves but are well worth a search. The flowers are about 2″ wide and are fleshy, trumpet-shaped, and smell like mushrooms. The leaves are shiny, evergreen, and up to 3″ long. The plant grows in rhizomatous clumps in low elevations forest in it native China and is a good choice for a woodland garden but does well in containers too.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Height: 3-6″

Bloom Color : Black and white

Bloom Time: SpringS

Light: Part to deep shade

Soil: Fertile, humusy, moderately moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 7-9

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By Karen