Spectacular Gingers & Other Amazing Exotic Plants 2017

Spectacular Gingers & Other Amazing Exotic Plants 2017

Plants termed Gingers come from several different families and many varying species. They are usually associated with the tropics because of their lush foliage, amazing flowers and lovely scent. Many however are native to high altitude areas in Southern Asia and are tolerant of cooler climates. Many will grow in warm temperate gardens if given a protected, well drained position and plenty of mulch. All are clumping plants and many, including the Hedychium species grow on a strong rhizome which is a starch filled thickened root. As a rule the Gingers prefer a humus rich, moist but well drained soil in a partly shaded position. Similar to Gingers in some ways the spectacular Heliconias also grow on a rhizome.In cooler warm temperate climates the foliage suffers over winter and can be cut back in early spring for new foliage to quickly re-establish. Gingers flower for very long periods in summer.

Many can be grown in pots and some make good indoor plants. Most are excellent for cut blooms and some are sensational. Gingers are fast growing and rewarding plants for you to grow.
You can use them to turn any size  garden into a lushe tropical looking garden where you can relax.
There is a lovely array of them and we will be bringing more to your doorstep over the years. Sometimes they will be released in this list prior to our monthly catalogue. Our plants are sent in pots 140 mm deep and 70mm wide across the top.

More Amazing Plants

Gingers, Heliconias, Amorphophallus, Blue Amaryllus, Pamianthe, Bromeliads, Cordylines, Dracaena & Worlds Best Climbers.

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(VAbcD) Hoya coronarium. This is an amazingly beautiful hoya with thick gold solid star shaped

flowers and thickish slightly crinkled.

Takes full sun and handled our winter

outside down to 5oC. At least morning

sun recommended. This is an eriostemma hoya. We collected this one right on the edge of the ocean on the island of Sidea 4 hours out of Alotau off the eastern end of Papua New Guinea.

…..Priced at $15.90 each



RED GINGER LILYHedychium coccineum

(1.5m *ABCD) Hedychium coccineum will give you incredible 300mm long sprays of red to salmon fragrant butterfly shaped flowers in Summer. Each spray will last for weeks. Lushe tropical foliage. These are a prolific grower and can be grown in cooler areas as long as the rhizome is not frozen. Cut your plant back to the ground after flowering and it will shoot and multiply for you from its underground rhizome. Native to tropical Asia. Part to full shade in well drained conditions.

…..Priced at $14.90 (250 Parries)













BLACK BAT PLANTTacca chantrieri, black bat plant, bat plant

(50cmAbcD) Tacca chantrieri produces the most unusual and striking flowers. The Black Bat Plant flower is black with long sinister tentacles hanging downwards. Its leaves are broad and about 40cm long. They are quite hardy once grown up but need to be nurtured over their first winter in cooler climates than tropical. Native of Tropical Thailand and Burma. Likes a real well drained potting mix with good moisture in the summer but keep ‘just moist in the winter. They do not like the cold frosty weather outside so you will need a warm spot, under shelter or inside. Can grow in a protected spot in the garden in sub-tropical and tropical areas otherwise in a pot. Keep it under light to medium/heavy shade. Very large plants 60cm tall in 140mm pots.

…..Priced at $29 each




….Worlds Largest Flower!!…

TITAN ARUM SEEDLINGSAmorphophallus titanum

Amorphophallus titanum
Biggest flower on the planet!! The flower arises from an underground tuber which can grow to 90kg!! It takes several years to get to flowering size. The flower gets to 3m tall & 1.5m wide!! The plant itself comes up & dies down each year & its thick green patterned stem can be 20cm through and usually 3-6 metres tall…it unfurls to a single leaf. A very unusual sight. The dormant period for it here is winter & this means the plant can be grown here. The true flower is inside the green spathe with amazing male & female flower parts. Full sun to part shade. These are sent as bulbs, from August to November.

…..Priced at $45 each seedling for 1st year seedlings.

Titan Arum – Second Year Plants…..$65 each
NB. Seeds for $15.90 each, minimum of 3












BIRD OF PARADISE Strelizia reginae

(1mFABCD) Strelitzia reginae has the exotic bird like flowers in contrasting bright orange and blue. A remarkable plant it is amazingly drought resistant and withstands lows of minus 8oC. Splendid in floral arrangements and as feature plants. Florists are able to sell just a single flower at a premium. Full sun.

…..Priced at $9.90 each (170 Parries)













EDIBLE GINGERZingiber officianale

(1mEdAbcD) Zingiber officinale
This is the edible ginger we know so well. Actually it is the rhizome (thickened root)  we use in cooking. Rich green lance shaped leaves and unusual and pretty yellow flowers from a green cone changing to red..  It dies down in cool winters to reemerge in late spring,  growing off its rhizome.

Great interest to western medicine. Used in Chinese and Indian (Ayuvedic) medicine through the ages. Powerful anti-oxidant and used for arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, muscular aches, pains, sore throats, cramps, constipation, indigestion, vomiting, hypertension, dementia, fever, infectious diseases. Part shade to full sun. Why not plant a patch so you can harvest forever later on. Sent in pots. Rhizomes June – October.

…..Priced at $8.90 (150 Parries) or 3 for $23












….Huge One Metre Crinkled Leaves….

GIANT SPATHYPHYLLUMSpathyphyllum ‘Sensation’

(2mAbcD) Spathyphyllum ‘Sensation’
This is a gorgeous Giant Spathyphyllum. Its broad one metre plus crinkled leaves are a lushe grey-green and sensational as the name implies. Big pure white long lasting hooded flowers.Create the look of the tropics in your backyard. Family Aracaea. For all warm coastal climates. Filtered light right down to low light conditions. Great in pots or in a warm garden. Sent in 100mm pots.

…..Priced at $12.90 (250 Parries)












BLUE AMARYLLUSWorsleya procera flowers

Worsleya procera. This is the legendary Blue Amaryllus. One of the worlds most sought after plants. These young worlseyas are in a 110mm pot standing 35cm tall out of the pot with a base diameter of 1.3cm. From top of the pot to the tip of the tallest leaf is 40cm tall. These Worsleyas have individual nicknames.

…..Priced at $75

Also for sale….
65cm tall in 250mm pot for $350.
85cm tall in 330mm pot for $970.













….Attract Giraffe to Your Backyard….Wisteria bolusanthus


(6mFmABCD) Bolusanthus speciosus is a sight to behold with its multitudes of hanging racemes of blue violet flowers from spring into summer.. Yes absolutely covered. This is a small tree from Southern Africa. Deciduous for a short period in early spring. Takes drought & light frost & grows well as a tub specimen. Gorgeous bonsai. Non aggressive roots. Monkeys, Giraffe & Antelope dine on the foliage! Full sun. These plants are 250mm tall plants in 70 mm pots.

…..Priced at $9.90 each (180 Parries) or 3 for $25



VARIEGATED SHELL GINGERAlpinia zerumbet foliage

(2m**AbcD) Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’
Produces drooping sprays of attractive big white buds which open one at a time to reveal yellow lips with a pink or red throat! The attractive golden variegated clumping foliage is broad and gold striped green. Should grow in all frost free areas but the coldest highlands. Shade or full sun.

…..Priced at $12.90 each (160 Parries)













RED PASSION FLOWERPassiflora coccinea

(V*FEdAD) Passiflora coccinea will make your heart throb with its big (12cm) red fragrant showy flowers….they are bright scarlet red with white, purple and light pink colors on the corona. Large lobed leaves with lovely soft red hairs & red tinged stems. This is a hard to get vine from South America. Edible & delicious 5cm orange -yellow fruit. Takes frost as it is deciduous in colder inland &
tablelands winters. Plant in well drained conditions in full sun.

…..Priced at $12.90 (200 Parries) or 3 for $29













BIRD OF PARADISE TREEStrelizia nicholii

(7mFmAbcD) Strelizia nicholii is a huge version of the Bird of Paradise. Its flowers are a similar shape but are huge to 45cm! They are white and purple. Foliage is very attractive with huge 1.2 m long broad (30cm) luxuriant foliage. Native to South Africa it can take a moderate frost but may suffer some damage with a series of heavy frosts. Best in a frostfree situation in a well drained soil in full sun or light shade.

…..Priced at $9.90 (180 Parries) or 3 for $27












Cryptanthus striatum ‘Sunshine’Cryptanthus striatum Sunshine

30cm Brilliant bronze with two long prominent pink stripes. White flowers cluster in centre.

…..Priced at $12.90






CORDYLINESCordyline Pink Champion

Cordylines give colour to your garden all year round. In spring & summer you can cut them back and they will grow new multiple heads. Plant the cutoff head …. it will easily take. Good indoors but don’t overwater in winter. For warm coastal climates. If you want bright colour make sure you fertilise each year. Part to full shade or morning sun.

6 different colours for $39

Just remember to pick out the cordylines you want and name them in Customers Notes in the checkout Process.












…Unusual Ginger…

SWEET AFRICAN COSTUSCostus lucanusiansus

(2mAbcD) Costus lucanusiansus.
A collectors Costus it has 2 white, pink and yellow flowers at a time from green bracts. Africa. Foliage makes an attractive feature. Likes a well composted position and moisture. Most of the Gingers can be cut back prior to their spring flush when they reshoot vigorously off a strong rhizome. Will grow in warm temperate areas. Shade or part sun.

…..Priced at $12.90 (180 Parries) or 3 for $29













GOLDEN TORCH HELICONIAHeliconia psittacorum x spathocircinata Golden Torch

(1.5-2mAD) Heliconia psittacorum x spathocircinata ‘Golden Torch’ is a luxuriant Heliconias with brightly yellow coloured bracts. The flowers are long lasting and excellent for cut flowers. Largish tropical bright green foliage. This is an attractive dwarf clumping variety good in a tub or in the garden. Keep this one in a warm moist partly shaded position in well drained mix or soil and if you get much below 5oC in winter these are not for you. We expect these will do well in all warm coastal climates. The bracts will bloom for you between December and May. Semi-shade to morning sun. Sent as loose rooted plants all year. These are in 70mm pots.

…… Priced at $15.90 each (200 Parries)





….Hard to Get.. Native Cycad….Macrozamia mooreii


(7mABcD) Macrozamia moorei. Tallest of all the Macrozamias  this is a grand Australian species with keeled & arching blue-green foliage. Develops a strong trunk to 80cm. Found in Central QLD at elevation 300-500m asl. Cycads like this one are some of the oldest plants still living on the planet tracing back to the ancient Mesezoic period some 170 million years ago. Magnificent Cycad named after botanist Charles Moore. Hardy and suited to all areas. These are 2 leaf plants in 100mm pots.

…..Priced at $25 each













Heliconia psittacorum x spathocircinata 'Alan Carle'

Heliconia psittacorum x spathocircinata ‘Alan Carle’

(1.5-2mAD) Heliconia psittacorum are luxuriant Heliconias with brightly coloured yellow & green bracts. Largish tropical bright green foliage. Keep this one in a warm, moist partly shaded position in well drained mix or soil. Psittacorums like very warm coastal conditions and if you get much below 5oC in winter these are not for you. The bracts will bloom for you between December and May. 30% Shade to full sun. This is a select type for commercial cut flowers. Great for colour, features and screening. Well drained mix and keep in a warm well lit situation. These are in 100mm pots.

…..Priced at $19.90 each (300 Parries)












…Huge Spectacular Bromeliad…

Alcantarea regina ‘Alba’Alcantarea regina 'Alba'

(1mABCD) Syn.Vriesea regina ‘Alba’
This is an amazing Bromeliad with spectacular bright red and yellow flowers that grow over 1m tall! The rosette that can grow to 1.5 m across! It stays smaller in a pot. This ‘Alba’ variety refers to the white powder look on the back of its leaves. Will grow and flower in light to medium shade. It can be grown in a pot in a well drained mix and will multiply. Good indoors but likes humidity. South American in origin most Bromeliads are epiphytes that attach themselves to trees. Use a very well drained mix with added coarse bark.

…..Priced at $19.90 each












…Highly Sought & Uncommonly Available…

SCARLET GINGER LILYHedychium greenii

(1.5mAD) Hedychium greenii will delight you with its big scarlet red attractive butterfly shaped flowers in summer. Its deep green and red (under leaf) broad foliage is also a feature. This plant shoots off strong rhizomes and the shoots can be cut back and will develop further and multiply for you. A native of India, as are all the Hedychiums. Best suited to areas of high humidity, but if the rhizome is protected in winter it should grow in protected situations in all but the coldest winter areas. This one needs to be kept dry in winter but loves moisture in the warmer months. Light to medium shade in well drained conditions.

…..Priced at $13.90 each (200 Parries)















(60cmABCD) Bilbergia nutans. This is a brilliant and easy care Bromeliad suited to all climates. Flowering in late winter it produces lovely long elegant pink bracts with bunches of the most unusual blue flowers pushing out of and then hanging from the bracts! The foliage is sword like grey-green and about 5cm wide. It stands erect and weeps over. This clumping plant can be grown in a pot or in the garden in warm climates as far south as Melbourne. In colder tablelands bring it under shelter for winter. Shade or morning sun.

…..Priced at $12.90 each (250 Parries)












….Red Bracts…White & Gold Flowers….


Zingiber zerumbut ‘Darceyi’ VariegatedZingiber zerumbut 'Darceyi'

(60cmAbcD) This is an eyecatcher with lovely white and gold flowers shooting from unusual red cones in summer and autumn. Very attractive foliage variegated white and green on short stems to 60cms. The cones emerge at the base on their own individual stems. Native to India and Malaysia, it dies down for winter and reemerges in spring. Keep the rhizomes dry in winter. The rhizomes are bitter to eat but can be used in pot pourri or can be put in drawers to scent linen! Grow in light shade to morning sun. These are rhizomes.

…..Priced at $13.90 each (200 Parries)
















(2mAbcD) Heliconia rostrata. Be amazed by the great big long flowers (easily 60cm) in the most brilliant colours imaginable. This loveliest of Heliconias has huge contrasting bright red & yellow curious lobster-claw like bracts-summer. Large pale green leaves and ribbed foliage.  If you live south of Sydney or equivalent you will need to protect the rhizome form cold with mulch. This is one of the more cold hardy of the Heliconias. Full sun or mottled shade. Sent as rhizomes.

…..Priced at $12.90 each (250 Parries)













…Unusual Cactus…Huge Delicious Fruit…

PINK DRAGONFRUITHylocereus undatus pink fruit

(4.5mAbcD) Hylocereus undatus. Also known as Pitaya & Strawberry Pear. Hylocereus undatus is a weird climbing cactus with large delicious edible pink fruit (1kg) with a white flesh. Its huge white fragrant flowers are 30cm across in late spring and summer. They appear only during the night! The huge fruit are juicy and absolutely delicious. They are grown commercially for fruit in Vietnam and South America. This cactus will climb up a wall or a tree and quickly develops multiple trunks. Vivid green three cornered stems. Will grow in desert but easy to grow elsewhere. Needs winter protection in cooler areas. Full sun or bright light.

…..Priced at $14.90 each (250 Parries)













(9mAbcD) Ficus religiosa is the famed tree under which the Buddha sat for 6 yrs when he attained enlightenment (bodhi) at Bodh Gaya in Bihar State India. You will find it in and around every Buddhist Temple!! Also known as the Bo Tree this is a a magnificent signiture tree that can also be kept in a pot. Very popular for Bonsai. Its heart shaped leaves have a pointed drawn out end. It must be pollinated by a special wasp. Love full sun & can be grown in the shade.

…..Priced at $12.90 each (200 Parries) or 3 for $29









STROMANTHE ‘DAZZLER’Stromanthe sanguinea

(90cmAbcD) Stromanthe sanguinea
The cream, pink and green tones will dazzle you and brighten up any garden or room. This is an absolutely brilliant evergreen shade loving foliage plant. Loves growing in a pot or in the garden. Likes shade and is proven indoors. Big strapping leaves about 30-40 cm long and 7cm wide. This is a clumping plant from Honduras and it develops on a creeping rhizome. Appreciates humidity but is quite a resilient plant. Medium shade.

…..Priced at $12.90 each (180 Parries)













VOODOO LILYAmorphophallus konjac Amorphophallus konjac

(1mFABCD) Amorphophallus konjac. A very interesting Amorphophallus with a large eye catching purple spathe and spadix. Its got a very attractive snake patterned skin and a very surprising single leaf that unfurls after its winter dormancy. Its likely to flower every couple of years and the winter bulbs will multiply for you. Konjac is a native of eastern Asia. Drought tolerant and frost hardy. Full sun to part shade. We are sending these as plants.

…..Priced at $15.90 each (250 Parries)













SNAKE LILY (Bulbs)Amorphophallus bulbifer

(1mABCDe) Amorphophallus bulbifer
Your Snake Lily will be a great talking piece as it goes through its strange life cycle. The one metre stem is patterned like a carpet snake skin and unfurls into an interesting leaf arrangement. At around its third year it will push up a thick short stem which produces a lovely pink arum flower.After flowering bright red fruit is produced on the spadix. There is a seed inside each fruit..Snake Lily dies off in autumn each year & comes back in spring. Dappled shade to full sun in a moist position. These are bulbs.

…..Priced at $14.90 (180 Parries)

PS Amorphophallus species produce some of the worlds most amazing flowering arrangements.










….Brighty Yellow Featherlike Spikes….


Vriesia moreniiis a spectacular. Bromeliad with long lasting Feather like flowers on a 30cm stem from a funnel of flat leaves. The ‘feather heads’ are yellow and flower in light to medium shade. It can be grown in a pot in a well drained mix and will multiply. Good indoors but likes humidity. South American in origin most Vriesias are epiphytes that attach themselves to trees.

…..Priced at $12.90 each (250 Parries)












….Bright Longlasting Featherlike Spikes….


(35cmABCD) Vriesea kalisto is a spectacular Bromeliad with long lasting multibranching featherlike flowers on a 30cm stem from a funnel of  flat leaves. The ‘feather heads’ are bright red. Will grow and flower  in light to medium shade. It can be grown in a pot in a well drained mix and will multiply.Good indoors but likes humidity. South American in origin most Vriesias are epiphytes that attach themselves to trees. Light shade.

…..Priced at $12.90 each (250 Parries)












RED HOT POKERZingiber peninsularis red hot poker

(2mABCD) Zingiber peninsulare. Exotic foliage and bright red clustered cones will surprise you in summer. Zingiber peninsulare is considered a small shrub and can be grown as a decorative screen beneath tree as they do in their natural environment adding variety to your garden scene and also a great container plant. Native to Thailand. Water regularly. Part Shade. Sent in 100mm pots. Deciduous. Rhizomes June – October.

……Priced at $14.90 each (250 Parries)













….Red & White Flowers in Winter….

RED CHRISTMASHeliconia angusta red christmas

(1mAbcD) Helicona angusta ‘Red Christmas’
This is a magnificent Heliconia which will amaze you with its striking bright red and white flowers during winter and spring! The flowers are long lasting and excellent for cut flowers. This is an attractive dwarf clumping variety good in a tub or in the garden. Keep this one in a warm, moist partly shaded position in well drained mix or soil. We expect these will do well in all warm coastal climates. Semi shade to morning sun. Sent in pots.

…..Priced at $15.90 each (270 Parries)





….Winter & Spring Flowers….

YELLOW CHRISTMASheliconia bihai yellow dancer

(1.5mAbcD) Heliconia angusta ‘Yellow Christmas’ This is a magnificent Heliconia which will make you very happy with its striking bright yellow and white flowers during winter and spring!! The flowers are long lasting and excellent for cut flowers. This is an attractive dwarf clumping variety good in a tub or in the garden. Keep this one in a warm, moist partly shaded position in well drained mix or soil. We expect these will do well in all warm coastal climates.
These plants are sent in pots.

…..Priced at $17.90 each (200 Parries)






Cordyline Pink Champion

Cordyline Pink Champion

Cordylines give colour to your garden all year round. In spring & summer you can cut them back and they will grow new multiple heads. Plant the cutoff head …. it will easily take. Good indoors but don’t overwater in winter. For warm coastal climates. If you want bright colour make sure you fertilise each year. Part to full shade or morning sun.

…..Priced at $7.90 each
or 6 different colours for $39












THAI BEAUTY ‘MAUVE’Globba winittii

(1mAbcD) Globba winitii is just so beautiful a Ginger it will stir your imagination to new heights with its long trailing (20cm) mauve or white flowers with protruding gold. The large leaves are a delicate pale green. The overall appearance is sensual and delicate, but this is one tough plant and the flowers last for ages- This is a deciduous perennial plant and the bulbs should be kept warm and dry over winter but they do not rot easily. In spring Thai Beauty will then grow, multiply and flower rapidly for you. From the forests of Thailand it is best suited to shaded areas, patios and indoors. Excellent for pot culture. As a deciduous perennial it should be OK in most climates particularly in a pot. Keep him moist in a well drained situation. Shade. Sent as rhizomes from June to October.

…..Priced at $14.90 each (300 Parries)












VARIEGATED SHAMPOO GINGERZingiber zerumbut 'Darceyi'

(1.5mABCD) Zingiber zerumbet ‘Darceyi’
Gorgeous plant & flower arrrangement with amazing ground level cones that turn red with a yellow flower coming forth from under every scale. Very bright white variegated foliage. As this is a deciduous plant in winter it can be easily be grown in southern areas. Shampoo is made from the milky substance in the cone.Full sun to light shade. Deciduous. Sent as rhizomes from June to October.

…..Priced at $14.90 each.




Pamianthe peruvianaPamianthe peruviana

This is an extreme rare plant from Peru from the Family Amaryllidaceae. Its huge white & green striped flowers span 16cm. They are highly fragrant. The sword like foliage is soft and thick. Reported extinct in its native land due to habitat destruction. Difficult & slow to propagate. Grows as an epiphyte….so needs to be treated like an orchid. This is one of the worlds most sought after plants. Read Jacob Uluwehi’s comments at orchidforum.com. We have a few only. These are very small seedlings 4-5 years off flowering.

…..Priced at $185 each. Phone Orders Only!







WA & NT & Tasmanian Customers see Below

Roughly every 4-6 weeks so we can put all orders together & complete the WA & NT & Tas Quarantine Protocols in one batch & minimise the cost to you.

Next WA & NT & Tasmanian orders go Friday 19th JANUARY 2018.

We need your order by the 12.30 PM Tuesday 16th of June, QLD time before this date as we go through an intricate Quarantine Inspection process 7.00am Thursday & need to do this in one batch to make the process feasable.
The Quarantine Protocol cost of $16 is included in your freight charge.

Mrytle Rust Alert now affects some plants into the NT & SA, Tas as well as WA…..which means we cannot send plants from Family Myrtacea to these states. Restrictions will soon be lifted in Victoria as Myrtle Rust has been found in 60 locations. In reality it has probably been around Australia the last 100 years but it needs a very wet year to be noticeable.

…WA & SA, Tas & NT Customers….

There is an very old alert for Myrtle Rust still standing in WA & NT the following potential host genus are not allowed entry for probably an extended period:
Austromyrtus, Callistemon, Eugenia, Feijoa, Kunzea, Leptospermum, Melaleuca, Myrciaria, Psidium, Syzygium, Xanthostemon, Rhodomyrtus.
These are the plants that may appear in our catalogue & is not the complete list. The complete list includes all the Family Myrtaceae. It was hoped this would be a short term measure…..but the authorities are in no rush to take action that would lead to lift the restriction.

There are other plants that are not permitted into WA for various reasons. We get all our plants approved by the State Dept of Agricultures when sending.

Here are a few more not allowed for your information.

Euphorbia species, Citrus species, Microcitrus species, Hibiscus species, Azalea species, Feijoa species, Vaccinium species Blueberry, Rhododendron, Vireya.