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Orange Bottlebrush Ginger, Red Butterfly Ginger
Hedychium 'Tara'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium (hed-EE-kee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Tara
Synonym:Hedychium densiflorum

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Lowndesboro, Alabama

Long Beach, California

Bronson, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Prairieville, Louisiana

Portland, Oregon

Sumter, South Carolina

Spring, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 31, 2009, Actee from Paris
France wrote:

The flowers provide a dramatic effect but are unfortunately short-lived. The foliage is very attractive with straight stems. In a sandy soil with a thick bed of straw on it, this plant has shown to be hardy to 0F ! The winter was snowy, too.

Positive

On Nov 2, 2003, SusanDMD from Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Planted 12/03. Bought from Fraser's Thimble Farms - Canada. Bloomed 9/03. Beautiful flower. Spread rapidly for first year.