Hedychium coronarium, commonly called white garland ginger lily, is a rhizomatous tender perennial that may grow to 10 tall in its native habitat, but more typically grows 3-6 tall. Features large, lance-shaped, medium green leaves upto 24 long & 5 wide. Fragrant white flowers in dense elliptical racemes (4-8 long) in late summer to early fall. Individual flowers purportedly resemble butterflies, hence the sometimes used common name of butterfly ginger for this species.
The flowers of butterfly ginger lily attract hummingbirds and other pollinators and also make beautiful cut flowers.
Most Gingers need 2-4 hours of cool direct sunlight , i.e., early morning sunlight or filtered shade throughout the day. Gingers are fairly drought resistant once well-established but often have the best foliage and flower best under average moist to moist conditions with acidic or mildly acidic and fertile soils. When the flowers are all spent, cut off the stem to allow the plant s energy to direct towards the rhizomes. Keep the foliage well tended until it dies back, as it will keep collecting solar energy to store for the next season s bloom.
White Garland Lily grows well in cooler climates.
Butterfly ginger plants can be grown in containers and brought indoors for the cool seasons. Ideal for Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing
The general rule of thumb for planting spring bulbs is to plant two to three times as deep as the bulbs is tall. This means most large bulbs like tulips or daffodils will be planted about 8 inches deep while smaller bulbs will be planted 3-4 inches deep. Planting depth is measured from the bottom of the bulb.
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