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Hedychium 'Tara'

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

Synonym:Hedychium densiflorum

One vendor has this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Actee 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 SusanDMD 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.


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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