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Hedychium coronarium, White Ginger, Butterfly Ginger Lily

Hedychium coronarium

White Ginger, Butterfly Ginger Lily
Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: India, Indonesia
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunKeep soil moistWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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Hedychium coronarium, also known as Butterfly Ginger, is a small plant native to India and Indonesia. It grows to be 2-5 ft tall and wide and requires full sun or semi-shade exposure and moist, well-drained soil. In the summer and fall, it produces off-white or white, fragrant flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It is popular in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, where it is often used in leis or worn in the hair. It is also a good cut flower for scenting the home.

This ginger plant has medicinal properties and is used to treat colds, headaches, arthritis, and injuries. It is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. It is USDA hardy in Zones 8 to 10, but it is not frost hardy and may suffer damage at lower temperatures. In regions with colder climates, it is best to grow the plant in a pot and bring it indoors during the winter months.

To propagate Hedychium coronarium, divide the plant in late winter or early spring. Cuttings may also be taken in late spring to mid-summer and rooted in soil. To keep the plant healthy, keep the soil moist at all times and fertilize weekly with a balanced fertilizer. After the flowers have faded, remove old stems to promote new growth. It is a popular plant in the house gardens of the Dai people along the Mekong river and is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Alpinia alba.

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Hedychium coronarium - Butterfly Ginger

White Ginger, Butterfly Ginger Lily. This is the most fragrant of all gingers and one of the symbols of Hawaiian Paradise. In the summer it bears fragrant flowers that resemble butterflies. It is popular in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands were it is used in leis or singly worn in the hair or behind the ear. It also makes a good cut flower great for scenting the home. It is a tough plant, a light freeze may kill the tops, but it will come back in the Spring.

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Pikake - Fragrant Flower Booster
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