Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’ is a beautiful plant that can grow to 2 m high, with bright orange flowers up to 30 cm long. He belongs to the family of Zingiberales and is related to ginger.

It is one of the most frost-resistant Hedychium. The aboveground part dies with frost but the rhizome can resist up to USDA zone 7 (-18 °C) without winter protection.

The species was discovered in 1972 when Tony Schilling seeds collected in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal at 2,280 m altitude. He had found a variety of Hedychium coccineum that was particularly well developed and which, upon his return when the seeds were tested, showed a relatively stable and uniform offspring with high frost resistance.

He named them after his daughter Tara. This means “star” in Nepali and is also the name of the Hindu goddess of mercy who is responsible for protecting those who travel by water or rock.

There are variations within this range so that the strength of the perfume or the amount of pollen can vary from one to the other copy.

Description:

Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’ is a tuberous plant. It reaches 1.5-2 m high.

The flowers appear on top of the blue-green stem in a spike of 45 cm length.

The flowers appear consecutively all summer until fall. They are bright orange and fragrant.

Nomenclature:

Common name:

Ginger lily

Etymology:

Hedychium: from the Greek hedys (sweet) and chion (snow)
Coccineum: from the Latin coccineus (red)
Tara: after the name of Tony Schilling who discovered the plant

Origin:

Nepal, Kathmandu Valley

Habitat:

Lightly forested areas

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7, -18 °C
The above ground part of the plant dies at the first frost

Care:

Soil:

No specific requirements

Exposure:

Sun, light, partial shade

Water:

High water needs

Feed:

As it is a vigorous grower, add plenty of compost to the soil in spring

Propagation:

Seed or division of the rhizome in spring

 

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