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Hedychium are rhizomatous perennials with erect, unbranched stems bearing two ranks of lance-shaped leaves, and dense terminal racemes of showy, often fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers
'Assam Orange' is a clump-forming perennial with stems to 5m in height, and glossy, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves 30-40cm in length. In late summer produces fragrant, deep orange flowers in very dense, bottlebrush spikes 20cm long.
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