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Herbaceous Perennial

Cautleya cathcartii 'Tenzing's Gold'

A decidous, clump-forming, exotic-looking perennial with lance-shaped green leaves that have purple-red undersides. Stems, to a height of 55cm (21.5in), bear spikes of yellow-orange flowers, that emerge from red-tinted bracts in mid-summer and autumn.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Chalk
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow Orange Green Red Purple
Autumn Yellow Orange Green Red Purple
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Zingiberaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Cautleya are rhizomatous perennials with erect stems bearing lance-shaped or oblong leaves in two ranks, and funnel-shaped yellow flowers with conspicuous bracts, in slender racemes

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in partial-shade, or with protection from midday sun, in a sheltered position on soil rich in organic matter. Protect in cold/frost-prone areas with a deep mulch of organic matter in winter.

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown underglass/indoors at 15-20°C (18-64°F) in early spring. Propagate by division in late spring just after growth has emerged.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Sub-tropical
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required. Remove withered foliage in autumn/winter.

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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