Hedychium Longicornutum - 'Hornbill's Ginger'

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Orange Ginger Lily

Family

Zingiberaceae

Origin

Malaysia

Description

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 

'Hedychium longicornutum or Hornbill’s Ginger is an ornamental ginger with beautiful red and yellow flowers with long, protruding stamens. The plant is about 1 m high. The root is large, thick and fleshy.The pseudo stem is about 60 cm high. The leaves are oblong and hairy, about 30 cm long and 12 cm wide.The flowers grow in a spike of 12 cm long. They are red and yellow with 15 cm long, white stamens.

The flowers of  butterfly ginger lily attract hummingbirds and other pollinators and also make beautiful cut flowers.

Environment

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.

Landscape Use

Ginger plants can be grown in containers and brought indoors for the cool seasons. Ideal for Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing



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