Knowing you have a very large patch of these Hedichums to share I have been trying to find out what you have. The more I look the more they look like the ones Maggi calls her generic Yellow Butterfly. I have looked at hundreds of pictures and they look most like Hed. flavescene. Here is a picture of what we have blooming now, which is a little behind yours because yours get an earlier start.
Ken I found an old ginger forum thread regarding flavescens vs flavum although the pictures no longer exist. Dave Skinner wrote a nice long post. I have flavescens, definitely a Sept bloomer for me, I don't have flavum. Birdlady Liz tried her best to get me to buy flavum but I just wasn't interested at the time. Said the fragrance was magnificent.
Thanks TickiSox, I have not read that exchange but did read Dave Skinner's piece on his Web-site. I too am confused. If you have any pictures of your flavescens, would you post them so we could compare? Maybe we could come a little closer to finding out what we have. Nadine has a huge bed of these yellow butterflies but no one wants them because they do not have a name. Or at least no one will trade for them. I had forgotten about the hairy foliage, which our does not have. I will look closer in the light of the day tomorrow. Thanks.
Hi Ken, the flower of my flavescens is pure yellow, even the stamen. Nadine's plant has a reddish stamen.
I understand about no one wanting to trade except for named plants. I have sold unknown hedys on the Lily Auction before, I sell them much cheaper than the named and they sell fairly well. That could be a way for Nadine to get rid of her clump if she doesn't want to keep any or wants to reduce the size of it. Just a thought!
Hi Nadine, The pics you sent in the email look a lot like a ginger I bought in 2005 at the Gingerfest at Fairchild Gardens. It is Hedychium 'Betty Ho', a hybrid from Hawaii; bright yellow/gold flowers with red/orange stamen. Here is a pic of mine !
I have looked at a hundred pictures of Orange Bottle Brush but this is more of a pink. I do not have Disney or OBB but it was one that Nadine gave to Maggi and I planted it. So I am sure Nadine has this one but she gets new ones and sends us a piece before it blooms for her, so I don't think she has had one to bloom that looks like this. Some day I will find a name.