Cautleya is a genus within the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family, native to the Himalayas, China and Vietnam. James Edward Smith, an English botanist first described Cautleya in 1882, initially categorising them in the Roscoea genus. British botanist John Royle titled the genus name Cautleya after Proby Cautley who developed an extensive irrigation system in India under the British Raj.
Cautleya originate from the Himalayas and are better known as architectural ‘gingers’. Large, exotic and tropical ovate leaves emerge during the spring that form dramatic looking clumps. Tall flower spikes and dark red bracts follow in time for summer. Cautleya are best suited to flower beds and borders within cottage and informal garden settings. Alternatively, they will make fantastic container plants.
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