Hedychium gardnerianum

Hedychium gardnerianum

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.

Common names:

Kahili, ornamental ginger

Etymology:

Hedychium: from the Greek hedys (sweet) and chion (snow)

Origin:

Himalaya

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8, -0 °C, aerial part dies at 0 °C



Flowering:

Early fall

Propagation:

Seed, division

Care:

 

Exposure:

Sun, light, partial shade, shade

Soil:

Rich, well drained, fresh in the summer

Water:

Keep the soil moist in summer and water when the soil surface is dry. In winter, water sparingly.

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