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Hedychium gardnerianum

Common Name:
Ginger lily
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Zingiberaceae (The Ginger Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southeast Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
5 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
Ornamental relative of the commercial ginger, with thick, branched rhizomes, erect stems to around 5 feet and broad, tropical looking leaves. For several months each year it displays spikes 1 foot or more long of large, fragrant blossoms, colored bright yellow with red pistils. Sun or light shade, in as warm a spot as possible, fertile soil, regular watering. The tops are killed by frost, but well-mulched plants will resprout after bouts of 15 degrees F or less.