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Ginger Lily
Hedychium forrestii

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium (hed-EE-kee-um) (Info)
Species: forrestii (for-RES-tee-eye) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Anniston, Alabama

Athens, Alabama

Jacksonville, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Capistrano Beach, California

Alford, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Clarkston, Georgia

Kingsland, Georgia

Tyrone, Georgia

Hammond, Louisiana

Springfield, Oregon

Irmo, South Carolina

Cleveland, Tennessee

Hixson, Tennessee

Maryville, Tennessee

Edinburg, Texas

Mcallen, Texas

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Winchester, Virginia (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 25, 2006, pegdog from Winchester, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am test growing this plant in my new bed. It has doubled in size from May - September in zone 6a. It has not bloomed but it has muliplied - it's shot up a few new stems.


On Oct 5, 2005, icuraqt from Warner Robins, GA wrote:

My ginger lilies grow against a wall on the east side of the house. They have required little to no care and spread by tubers. The fragrance of the bloom is outstanding! I've taken the blooms to my classroom, where the fragrance permeates the entire room.


On Oct 28, 2003, brendawc from Jacksonville, AL wrote:

This plant is very easy to grow. I have poor soil. There is no seed collecting as it grows from the roots which multiply each year. Best place to plant is in a damp area like an airconditioner run off.