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PlantFiles: Hardy Ginger Lily
Hedychium 'Dr. Moy'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium (hed-EE-kee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Dr. Moy
Additional cultivar information: (aka Shooting Star, Robusta, Robustus, Doctor Moy)

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15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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:
Pale Yellow

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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

I have these in a flowerbed dedicated to Hedychium . They are inter planted with Coronarium , Greenii , and Gardinerianum . The variegated foliage makes it stand out against its taller cousins and the peachy flowers are a wonderful color addition to this flowerbed .

Neutral htop On May 24, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have recently purchased a large container of Hardy Ginger Lillies 'Dr. Moy' (Hedychium) so I can not make a comment about how the plant performs as of yet. I will add additional comments after a few months and add a rating other than neutral. Right now, I can state that 'Dr. Moy' can take excessive heat very well. I haven't planted 'Dr. Moy' in the ground yet and have the container in the shade in my patio area. It has recently reached 102 degrees F in the shade in this spot. The plants only slightly folded their leaves. It was hardly noticeable. My white gingers in a container beside 'Dr. Moy' folded their leaves completely.

'Dr. Moy' is a hybrid of H. flavum and H. coccineum that was bred by the retired botanist Dr. Ying Doon Moy of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. It is the only variegated Hedychium to date.
Only one of about 200 seedlings Dr. Moy had crossed produced the variegated foliage. Dr. Moy originally named this plant Hedychium 'Robusta' or 'Robusta Variegated Ginger'. The plant was later named after Dr. Moy.

Because of its very large and strong stem (pseudostem), it does not need staking to keep it upright. The flower head is supposed to be very large and slightly fragrant. The blooms are a peachy-orange and have darker centers. The variegation is sometimes very pronounced (as with my plants which have deep green leaves with lots of striping); however, sometimes it is less noticeable having more speckles than stripes. The distance between the leaves on the pseudostems is shorter than with most Hedychiums which makes the leaves of 'Dr. Moy" more dense. Also, the leaves are shorter and broader than other Hedychium types. These characteristics give it a unique appearance.

Positive zzazzq On Feb 5, 2006, zzazzq from Madison, MS wrote:

Ordered from about five years ago, and it has not disappointed. It is maybe 4-5 feet tall and has thicker/stronger stems than the other hedychiums that I have. It does spread as vigorously as other varieties. This is not a typical weak variegated plant and is vigorous. The flower clusters are quite large and very fragrant. The variegation is not all that pronounced and is mainly thin white lines and speckes but still very attractive. I definitely recommend for a part shade/part sun situation. Can't say how it would do in deep shade.

Positive downscale_babe On Oct 11, 2005, downscale_babe from surfside beach, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

started as rhizome with a small amount of foliage in the spring.It has grown in a pot all summer and has now flowered with a sweet scented peach colored flower.It has been flowering for 2 weeks and will probably flower for a few more.
It is over 6 ft. tall.


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

Lowndesboro, Alabama
Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Bronson, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Ainaloa, Hawaii
Coushatta, Louisiana
Trout, Louisiana
Florence, Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Madison, Mississippi
Clemmons, North Carolina
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Belton, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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