Kahili Ginger

Hedychium gardnerianum

Gorgeous, tropical, dramatic, and fragrant. Should be kept warm, wet, and well fed in the Summer, and cool and dry in the Winter. Ginger lily flowers produce essential oils that are very tasty, and both the flower buds and open flowers can be used in cooking.

Water: Moist, but not water-logged soils in the Summer months produce the best flowering. If it’s too dry, they will stop flowering. While dormant, they prefer drier conditions to avoid Winter root rot.

Hardiness: Frost tender, but can survive outside if protected from frost

Habit: An erect herbaceous perennial growing to 8' tall with long, bright green leaves clasping the tall stems

Light: Full sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Rich soil

Origin: Himalayas in India, Nepal, and Bhutan

Kahili Ginger