Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’

Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’

Ginger lily

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'
  • Common name: Ginger lily
  • Family: Zingiberaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Orange

Foliage colour:

Green

Related to ginger, Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’ is native to south-east Asia. Exotic-looking but frost-hardy, it’s perfect for adding a touch of drama to a British garden. Large, strap-like leaves appear from June, followed by racemes of fragrant, showy orange-red blooms with spidery pink filaments and bright orange anthers. Both the flowers and foliage die down in winter.

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For best results grow Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’ in humus-rich soil in a partially shaded, warm sheltered spot. Water often and apply a liquid feed throughout summer.  Despite being hardy, it’s worth applying a thick mulch around the base of the plant in autumn, to protect the crown. Alternatively, grow it in a pot, which you can move under glass for winter. 

How to grow Hedychium 'Tara'

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Hedychium 'Tara' and wildlife

Hedychium 'Tara' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Hedychium 'Tara' poisonous?

Hedychium 'Tara' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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