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PlantFiles: Ginger Lily
Hedychium forrestii

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

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral pegdog 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.

Positive icuraqt 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.

Positive brendawc 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.


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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