Cautleya cathcartii - soft yellow


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Cool member of the true Ginger family, this has torches of soft yellow flowers held above the corn-like foliage. Blooms reliably here unlike a lot of it's kin and we see flowers in July to August in our shade garden. Adds an easy tropical look. This is sometimes seen offered as C. lutea and C. gracilis. Rich soil that stays moist but isn't mucky or waterlogged. Likes a looser. airy soil and best to mulch in fall. A very easy plant which will self-sow when happy which in turn makes us happy.


Plant Type

  • Perennial / Bulb

Mature Size

2' - 3'

Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Part Shade - Part Sun
  • Shade

Water Needs

  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Summer