Burbidgea scheizocheila

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Golden Brush Ginger

Burbidgea scheizocheila, commonly known as golden brush ginger, is native to the island of Borneo and a member of the Zingiberaceae, or ginger, family. The showy golden flowers are held well above the dwarf foliage and are heavily produced in winter and summer. Despite the name having been published in the "Gardeners' Chronicle" in 1904, this beautiful plant did not make its way into widespread cultivation until the 21st century.

The genus name Burbidgea scheizocheila celebrates Frederick William Thomas Burbridge, a botanist/taxonomist who collected many rare and unusual tropical plants. The most famous of his introductions is the huge pitcher plant, Nepenthes rajah. He worked for the famous nursery firm of Veitch, as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and was curator of the Botanic Gardens, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He died shortly after this genus was named in his honor.

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Full Sun
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January - February
July - August
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Hardiness Zone:
9 - 11