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Hedychium gardnerianum (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)
Hedychium gardnerianum (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

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Zones 8, 9, 14-17, 19-24, H1, H2
Partial Sun
Partial
Ample Water
Ample

Hedychium gardnerianum

Kahili Ginger
Zingiberaceae
Perennials, Flowers

HEDYCHIUM

Native to tropical Asia, India, and the Himalayas. Grown for their dramatic leaves and fragrant, colorful blooms. Foliage is especially handsome in tropical conditions, as in Hawaii. Dense spikes of richly perfumed flowers are produced in late summer or early autumn. Plants spread indefinitely by rhizomes. Frost can kill them to the ground, but new stalks appear in early spring. Useful in large containers but will not grow as tall there as in open ground. Ginger lily does best in rich soil high in organic matter. To encourage fresh new growth, remove old stems after flowers fade.

Hedychium gardnerianum

Grows to 8 ft. tall, with narrow leaves to 1 1/2 ft. long. Pure yellow flowers with red stamens are borne in 1 1/2-ft.-long spikes. Naturalized in Hawaii and considered a pest on most of the Islands.

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