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Hedychium gardenerianum

"Kahili ginger, Ginger lily"

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour

Yellow, Orange


Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (22448)

Plant details

This lush, glossy green tropical plant is an excellent addition to any jungle-style garden. It has large, wide sheath-like leaves and huge 30cm-long (1ft) flowers in bright shades of orange and yellow. Despite their tropical appearance, ginger lilies are surprisingly hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as -5oC (23oF) without any lasting damage. If a hard frost is forecast, wrap the base of the plant in horticultural fleece to protect it. These plants are simple to grow but do need well-prepared soil in order to thrive, so plant the rhizomes deeply and add as much well-rotted compost and organic matter as possible. These plants are perfect for patio containers where their fabulous, rich perfume can be enjoyed throughout July and August.

Family: Zingiberaceae

Genus: Hedychium

Species: gardenerianum

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Yellow, Orange

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 120cm

Flowering period: July to August

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