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Hedychium coronarium (White Ginger Lily)

White Ginger Lily, Butterfly Lily, Fragrant Garland Flower, Garland Lily, Indian Garland Flower, White Ginger, White Butterfly Ginger Lily


Noted for its intense, luxurious fragrance, award-winning Hedychium coronarium (White Ginger Lily) is an upright rhizomatous perennial boasting dense spikes, up to 8 in. long (20 cm), of very fragrant, white butterfly-like flowers in late summer and early fall. Each flower lasts about one day, but several hundred flowers can appear during a 6-week period. The deliciously scented blossoms are borne at the tips of upright stems and rise above the foliage of mid-green, lance-shaped leaves, up to 2 ft. long (60 cm). Even when not in flower, White Ginger Lily looks great on patios or decks with a tropical theme. One of the nicest gingers for the home landscape and containers.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 3-6 ft. high (90-180 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). White Ginger Lily can spread considerably via its creeping underground rhizomes to form dense thickets.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in organically rich, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Can be grown in shallow water.
  • A pretty addition to beds and borders, containers, near ponds and streams,cottage gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Plant your rhizomes in the ground in spring after the last frost date. In cold winter areas, lift them in fall and store them for winter in slightly moist vermiculite or peat in a cool, dry location. Containers should be overwintered indoors in a cool, dry, frost-free location.
  • Keep an eye out for glasshouse red spider mite, aphids and root rot.
  • Native to the Eastern Himalaya region of India, Nepal and Bhutan. It has naturalized in other areas and is considered an invasive species in some parts of the world.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 6 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hedychium - Ginger Lilies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 6 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hedychium - Ginger Lilies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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