Hedychium gardnerianum or Kahili is a beautiful tropical plant with strong development.
It can reach a height of over 2 m and bears fragrant orange flowers in panicles of 20 to 30 cm.
It belongs to the family of Zingiberales and is related to ginger.
Caution: This plant is listed in the 100 most invasive species in the world. In tropical regions it poses serious problems, much less in temperate regions but it could nevertheless be necessary to limit the growth of the rhizome and remove spent flowers before they form seeds.
Kahili, ornamental ginger
Hedychium: from the Greek hedys (sweet) and chion (snow)
USDA Zone 8, -0 °C, aerial part dies at 0 °C
Sun, light, partial shade, shade
Rich, well drained, fresh in the summer
Keep the soil moist in summer and water when the soil surface is dry. In winter, water sparingly.
- Hedychium gardnerianum: Forest & Kim Starr