Torn between listing here, herbs or perennials. This is a beautiful plant with 'knock your socks off' blooms. The fragrance is out of this world and heavier at night. This is the 2nd year for the plant and the 1st year for blooms. I haven't fed it heavily but find it needs WATER. The oak barrel half may not be a good choice as the water may dissipate too quickly thru wood.
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Oct 17, 2006
Oct 17, 2006
Oct 22, 2006
White butterfly ginger lily, or simply, ginger lily, is a tropical perennial. Green stalks grow from thick rhizomes to a height of 3'-7'. Leaves are lance-shaped and sharp-pointed, 8-24" long and 2-5" wide. From midsummer through autumn, the stalks are topped with 6-12"-long clusters of wonderfully fragrant white flowers that look like butterflies. The flowers eventually give way to showy bright red seed pods.
Native to India, ginger lily is a popular landscape plant throughout Florida and the Gulf Coast. It also is grown in California, the Caribbean and tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. Ginger lily also is grown in temperate North America and Europe where it dies back in winter but re-emerges in spring.
Light: Partial shade to full sun.
Moisture: Likes rich soil with adequate moisture.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7b-11. Ginger lily is a tropical plant. It tolerates an occasional light freeze and frost. A hard frost will kill it to the ground, but it comes back quickly.
Propagation: Ginger lily is easy to propagate -- simply dig up, divide (cut root into 8" pieces) and replant.
Ginger lily makes a nice background plant and looks great planted in large clumps in a woodsy area. The beautiful rich green foliage makes a great framework for smaller plants.
Easy to grow and easy to propagate. The fresh sweet scent of this plant in bloom is a real treat on warm evenings. Plant it near a patio or window so you can enjoy the gardenia-like fragrance. The flowers attract moths at night.
Oct 22, 2006
BUTTERFLY GINGER ( HEDYCHIUM CORONARIUM ) Is the most fragrant of the gingers. It flowers In the summer and fall with flowers that resemble butterflies, thus the common name, 'Butterfly Ginger'. It also will attract butterflies to your garden. It is popular in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands were it is used in leis or singly worn in the hair or behind the ear.It was origonaly imported from Asia. It also makes a good cut flower great for scenting the home. It is a tough plant thatís easy to grow and needs little special care once established, a freeze will kill it to the ground, but it will come back full force in the spring. It can grow well in containers, but will quickly grow out of the container and will need to be divided every year. It can grow into a nice stand of fragrant flowers 4-6í tall in the garden. After the flowers have faded, cut off the old stems. This will encourage new growth. Hardy zone 7 to 11, it needs rich moist soil in part shade to full sun enviroment
Jun 19, 2008
This spring, I dumped it plant out of the barrel. Divided the roots and shared with friends. What was left, went in ground around an old satellite post. They are mulched with pinestraw and seem to be getting established.