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PlantFiles: Kahili Ginger
Hedychium gardnerianum 'Kahili Fiesta'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium (hed-EE-kee-um) (Info)
Species: gardnerianum (gard-nair-ee-AH-num) (Info)
Cultivar: Kahili Fiesta

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12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cbgjr On Sep 3, 2006, cbgjr from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wonderfully fragrant plant - great spires of yellow butterfly flowers

Neutral foodiesleuth On Jul 4, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I don't have it growing in our yard and realize it is considered a pest, but I think it is beautiful and oh, so fragrant!

There is a section of highway on a higher elevation, on the way to the Hawaii National Volcanoes Park lined on both sides with masses of the you drive up to the volcano, if the plant is in bloom, the aroma is intoxicating.

Neutral punaheledp On Jul 3, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

This is one of 3 gingers on UH Botony Dept pest plant list. Although it has infested some areas, popularity with horticulturists has kept it from biological control...can't keep an enemy insect or disease in problem areas and out of a growers back yard I guess... Spreads more easily thru seed (via bird) than some other gingers. I confess, I have the other 2 on list, but not this one. I was looking for something else on pest list when I discovered ginger on it.

Positive justmeLisa On Jul 29, 2002, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a very fragrant ginger. The stems of this ginger are very sturdy with leather-like leaves. Kahili gingers are very invasive in the South Pacific.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Belvedere Tiburon, California
Greenbrae, California
Lafayette, California
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California
Valley Village, California
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Mc Coy, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Portland, Oregon
Okatie, South Carolina

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