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PlantFiles: Kahili Ginger, Ker-Gawl
Hedychium gardnerianum

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium (hed-EE-kee-um) (Info)
Species: gardnerianum (gard-nair-ee-AH-num) (Info)

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 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)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

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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4 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive crewdog On Mar 19, 2012, crewdog from Marcus Hook, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Believe it or not I have had success growing this ginger in SE PA. I live in the Philly metro area. The plants are along the south side foundation. For 6 years now I have left them to overwinter. By late spring they send up large leafy stocks and by late September as the weather turns colder they flower. I have read they are native to the foothills of the Himalayas. They are great as cut flowers and very fragrant.

Positive elbuey On Aug 3, 2011, elbuey from Cartago
Costa Rica wrote:

My Kahili Gingers produce seed. I have grown new plants from these seeds many times. Don't understand why it's listed as "no seeds".

Positive PedricksCorner On Nov 25, 2008, PedricksCorner from Freedom, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a WONDERFUL container plant! No need to worry about it becoming invasive that way. The fragrance from the long lasting flowers is intoxicating. Hummingbirds love them!
The rizhomes can take a while to produce shoots, but once they do, they grow steadily. I'll add a couple of photos here to show you what great foliage they have also. They'd be great in a long deep planter box to make a short living screen.

Negative guntermann On Nov 17, 2007, guntermann from Oregon City, OR wrote:

This plant has been identified on the ISSG Global List of Invasive Plants

Responsible gardeners may wish to consider their local conditions prior to introducing or trading this plant.

Hedychium gardnerianum (herb)
This showy ornamental ginger grows over a metre tall in wet climates and grows from sea level to an altitude of 1,700 metres. It displaces native plants, forms vast, dense colonies and chokes the understory vegetation. It may also block stream edges, altering water flow. It is dispersed by birds over short distances and by man over long distances (as garden waste or via the horticultural industry). Even small root fragments will resprout, making it a difficult invasive to control.
Common Names: awapuhi kahili, cevuga dromodromo, conteira, Girlandenblume, Jin jiang hua, kahila garland-lily, kahili, kahili ginger, kopi, sinter weitahta, sunkevara, wild ginger

Positive ayubars On Feb 16, 2007, ayubars from LONDON
United Kingdom wrote:

Just baought a plant from Ebay. Im really excited

Neutral foodiesleuth On May 9, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Kahili ginger grows almost as an invasive plant in some areas of this island. At the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, they are trying to eradicate it as much as possible as it takes over the areas where some native plants are growing.

I think they are beautiful and used to have some growing in the place where we were previously living. Very fragrant and beautiful!

The name kahili (kah -he -lee) is named for the old yellow feather standards carried by attendants of the old Hawaiian Ali'i (royalty) since it resembles them in shape.

Neutral smiln32 On May 8, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Native to India. Flowers are fragrant. Requires a lot of water.

Neutral Baa On Aug 12, 2001, Baa wrote:

Tall perennial which produces rhizomes, long lance shaped leaves which can be glossy green or a greyish colour.

The flowers and scented and held in a dense cylinder manner, pale to bright yellow flowers have long red stamens which are very visible.

Frost tender but can be grown out side in zones 8 and above with a deep winter mulch.


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

Lowndesboro, Alabama
Amesti, California
Orange, California
Rancho Mirage, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Upland, California
Winchester, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Mokuleia, Hawaii
Youngsville, Louisiana
Bishopville, Maryland
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Raleigh, North Carolina
Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
Baytown, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Houston, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Port Angeles, Washington

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