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PlantFiles: Hardy Ginger Lily
Hedychium 'Elizabeth'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium (hed-EE-kee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Elizabeth

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive serenesower On Feb 29, 2008, serenesower from Garland, TX wrote:

Another plant my Pops gave me in a yogurt cup. Put it in the ground in April in strong sun conditions (east facing wall of lattice enclosed patio) and it took off. Sent up several shoots and bloomed the most pleasing smell. Cut it back about two inches off the ground after the first hard freeze and as of Feb 28th, new shoots are already starting to peak through. Check out the pics!

Positive zzazzq On May 16, 2004, zzazzq from Madison, MS wrote:

Great plant, very vigorous in part shade in zone8. Mine is more of a peach than a pink, and that was disappointment. I don't know if it is due to heat or souil conditions or what, or if it is the "color blind" tendencies of plantsmen. Very fragrant, 7-8 feet tall.

Positive CDauphinet On Oct 5, 2003, CDauphinet from New Iberia, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hardy Ginger Lily thrives in any condition here, watered or not. I have the white flowers, and the pink looks very appealing! It does get to be very tall. Some winters here they die back, but in the spring they come back, bigger than ever.

Positive clantonnaomi On Oct 4, 2003, clantonnaomi from Iredell, TX wrote:

I live in central Texas and have grown this plant for years. It dies back every winter-I cut it to the ground and mulch heavily. It comes back every spring and gets to be about 6 ft. tall. In mid to late summer it has beautiful coral blooms and a heavenly fragrance. I have it in a mostly shaded area that has moist, loamy soil. I would highly recommend it.

Positive suncatcheracres On Oct 3, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I recently purchased this beautiful new hybrid ginger lily. It was developed by Tom Woods, a Hedychium hybridizer here in Florida. It is a tall plant--mine is very young and is about five feet tall, but I've read it can go to nine feet. This picture is of it's first flowers, which are wonderfully fragrant.

Hedychiums are said to be cold hardy up to about Atlanta, Georgia and Raleigh, North Carolina, and are the most hardy of all the gingers. But this one is a new hybrid, so I'm not entirely certain how hardy it is.

I planted mine in partial shade under high, old live oak trees here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b. If (when) we get a frost, it will be killed to the ground, but will re-emerge in mid to late Spring and flower in late Summer and early Fall. In warmer areas with little or no frost it will bloom earlier and for a much longer time.


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

Lowndesboro, Alabama
Bronson, Florida
Old Town, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Baker, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
Bishopville, Maryland
Madison, Mississippi
Petal, Mississippi
Raymond, Mississippi
Asheville, North Carolina
Clemmons, North Carolina
Ellerbe, North Carolina
Rowland, North Carolina
Swansboro, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Garland, Texas
Iredell, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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