Botanical name: Etlingera elatior "white torch"
Family: Zingiberaceae (ginger family)
Common name: Torch ginger, wax flower, porcelain flower, bunga kantan
The picture shows an unopened bud and a fully opened flower. The bracts are white and looks like "petals". The true flowers are actually the tiny yellow ones emerging from the bracts. You can see this from the close-up photo in the first picture.
Just look at the gracefully arching tall leaves that may reach 10 - 15 ft tall. Flowers stalks start from the ground and may reach 3 - 4 ft in height. The easiest to grow is by divisions of the rhizomes but it can also be propagated by seeds. This plant loves the sunny weather and lots of water. The preferred soil medium is sandy soil which must always be kept moist and not to let to dry between waterings. The plant may take more than a year to start the flowering process, but once started, more blooms will appear quite continuously. This plant needs quite a lot of garden space (about 5 - 6 ft wide) and is best grown on the ground instead of containers.
This post is dedicated to the first commenter of my previous post, my blotanist friend from Central Alberta, Canada, Ms Tootsie of Tootsie Time. She is responsible for the fun and interesting Fertilizer Friday meme that I participate every week. Her latest post is about making your own ornaments for Christmas and she is indeed very talented & full of creative ideas.
My special thanks and the efforts of growing this wonderful plant goes to Dr. Francis Ng, consultant botanist at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama, the source of my photos. Dr. Francis Ng's writes his own blog at Tropical Gardening.