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We live two hous south of Cairns sandwiched betwwen two World Heritage areas the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian Wet Tropics. Reef and Rainforest, the best of both worlds :) Here's a link to our area : http://www.missionbeachtourism.com/Rainforest.aspx
Luteocarpa has a tiny orchid like flower. It is one of several gingers that grow wild in the mountains behind our property. Ann
Beautiful country, Ann. Lost an entire day in Paranella Park and another in Kuranda/Daintree. Daughter lives in Brisbane and her MIL lives in Townsville. Think I need a month or more to do the area justice.
I used to live in Rockport. I think except for one time that it was in the hugh 20's it almost never went much below 40 there. That's what I remember anyway. We were only a mile or 2 from the beach, very warm. Too bad I was a teenager and not into plants then, LOL
I am on the line of 8a/8b. Usually it doesn't get below freezing here except maybe a couple of times a winter, but we have been down to 17 a couple of times that I can remember. This past winter was one time. My plant(ginger) is in a pot and I put it in the greenhouse during the winter, so I couldn't say if it was hardy here or not. I may divide a small portion and plant it next year and see how it winters in the ground.
I am located in the Southeast corner of Texas near Beaumont, Texas which is approx 1 hour from Lousiana border..I do have gingers that are Zone 10 n up but those will go in my hothouse..for the winter...