Hedychium Species, Butterfly Ginger, Butterfly Lily, Garland Lily, White Ginger

Hedychium coronarium

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium (hed-EE-kee-um) (Info)
Species: coronarium (kor-oh-NAR-ee-um) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade




Foliage Color:



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Brewton, Alabama

Cullman, Alabama

Decatur, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Houston, Alabama

Jones, Alabama

Lowndesboro, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama(2 reports)

New Market, Alabama

Scottsboro, Alabama

Smiths, Alabama

Union Grove, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Tucson, Arizona

Little Rock, Arkansas

Paris, Arkansas

Solgohachia, Arkansas

Van Buren, Arkansas

Brentwood, California

Canoga Park, California

Capistrano Beach, California

Encinitas, California

Fremont, California

Fresno, California

Los Angeles, California

Merced, California

Monterey Park, California

Poway, California

Sacramento, California

San Jose, California

Santa Barbara, California

Upland, California

Van Nuys, California

Woodland Hills, California

Alachua, Florida

Apopka, Florida

Archer, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Beverly Hills, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Bradenton, Florida(2 reports)

Debary, Florida

Deland, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Eustis, Florida

Floral City, Florida

Fort Mc Coy, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida(5 reports)

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Jensen Beach, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Longwood, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Maitland, Florida

Melbourne Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida

Micanopy, Florida

Milton, Florida

Naples, Florida

Navarre, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Niceville, Florida(2 reports)

Ocala, Florida(2 reports)

Old Town, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Orange Springs, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Palm Harbor, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Spring Hill, Florida(2 reports)

Tallahassee, Florida

Tampa, Florida(2 reports)

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida(3 reports)

Ashburn, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia

Cleveland, Georgia(2 reports)

Colbert, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Dahlonega, Georgia

Dallas, Georgia

Fortson, Georgia

Hinesville, Georgia

Norcross, Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Rincon, Georgia

Honomu, Hawaii

Kailua, Hawaii

Kaneohe Station, Hawaii

Makaha, Hawaii

Makaha Valley, Hawaii

Maunawili, Hawaii

Nanakuli, Hawaii

Waianae, Hawaii

Grovertown, Indiana

Wichita, Kansas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Covington, Louisiana

Denham Springs, Louisiana

Deridder, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Kentwood, Louisiana

Mandeville, Louisiana

Marrero, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Saint Francisville, Louisiana

Slidell, Louisiana

Mears, Michigan

Carriere, Mississippi

Gautier, Mississippi

Gulfport, Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Madison, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Mount Olive, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Blue Springs, Missouri

Jefferson City, Missouri

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Roswell, New Mexico

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Clayton, North Carolina

Clemmons, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Oxford, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina(2 reports)

Rowland, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Jay, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma(2 reports)

Hubbard, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Bluffton, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Easley, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Hardeeville, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Irmo, South Carolina

Islandton, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Pelion, South Carolina

Prosperity, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas(3 reports)

Baytown, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Belton, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Brenham, Texas

Cleveland, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Corsicana, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(3 reports)

Garland, Texas(2 reports)

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Jacksonville, Texas

Keller, Texas

La Porte, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

Millsap, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Murchison, Texas

New Caney, Texas(2 reports)

Oakhurst, Texas

Port Neches, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(3 reports)

Santa Fe, Texas

Spring, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Willis, Texas

Arlington, Virginia

Chesapeake, Virginia

King George, Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia

Stafford, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Spangle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 4, 2019, Smilax from Milton, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Here on the gulf coast, Hedychium coronarium is one of the easiest plants you can grow...surviving drought, full sun, and abject neglect like a champ.

It blooms mid summer till frost, and at night, attracts hordes of hummingbird sized Sphinx moths...its quite a sight to behold! Our household likes to use them for cut flower so that everyone can enjoy the gingers heavenly scent. I have yet to try the edible rhizome, but have nibbled on plenty of the white flowers.


On Nov 18, 2016, sglady from Tulsa, OK wrote:

I got a start of this plant three years ago in the summer. I put the root or rhizome in my little garden on the south of our house in a protected corner. This year it had spread to 6-7 stalks and bloomed abundantly. The material I read today suggests that it is too cold in this zone to grow the white Hawaiian Ginger but it is prolific in my garden in a shady corner close to the house.


On Jun 17, 2015, DavidLMo from St Joseph, MO wrote:

Growing in a container here in NW Missouri Zone 5-b. Also have a Kahili Ginger, grocery store ginger and turmeric. First season - planted and grew under lights in December. Hope they bloom. :-)

Sept. 21, 2015 Update - My White Ginger is showing a blooming bud. Hooray.


On Aug 17, 2014, keffer from Binghamton, NY wrote:

Just recently visited our son in Pawleys Island, SC. While riding around Pawleys Plantation Golf Resort, I spotted these beautiful white flowers blooming in very swampy conditions surrounded by grasses and weeds. My son willingly stepped into the swamp to pick one for me. I just had to visit Goggle to learn what the name of this beautiful and fragrant plant was. There was a group of several plants growing in this location, but nowhere else on the course that I could see. Now you can add Pawleys to your list of growing locations. Wish I could grow them here in Upstate New York! Thank you, Dave's Garden gardeners, for enlightening me.


On Jun 7, 2014, siege2055 from Stilwell, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I bought 3 rhizomes of this last October, potted them up and placed them in my greenhouse over winter, then planted them in light shade may 1st. They multiply very quickly and I have already made several divisions. While outside looking at them tonight with a flashlight, I noticed I have flower buds now in June. I think I will have many new plants next year from dividing, and hopefully from seed.


On May 13, 2014, MJSVA from Arlington, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Planted several Butterfly Ginger plant roots in April of 2013 in Arlington, VA (zone 7a/7b). All emerged and grew to 4 - 5 foot plants. I mulched a few inches of shredded leaves over them in early December. After the very cold winter of 2013/2014, I did not expect them to emerge in the Spring. As of early May 2014, the Butterfly Ginger plants have all grown to nearly 6 - 8 inches and tripled in quantity.


On Aug 27, 2013, JennaWingate from Cullman, AL wrote:

This plant has flourished even transplanted in extreme heat after being hurriedly dug up in the middle of the night to avoid being trampled by workers coming the next day. I planted it into not that great soil just to get it into the ground before it fried. I just watered it well (it lets you know its thirsty by curling the fronds up) and it had immediate new growth and has even bloomed 2 months after its upset. Very glad to know what it is now that it has bloomed. Hopefully the next plant I am called upon to rescue will do this well.


On Nov 5, 2012, Leafhead from Madison, WI wrote:

I acquired a piece of this plant a couple of years ago here in Madison, WI. It finally bloomed for the first time this summer.
What a delightful spicy Gardenia like aroma it had! It bloomed for awhile after I brought it in for the Winter, but then all of its spikes blasted.
Does anyone have an idea for blooming this beauty indoors?
More H2O perhaps?

Madison, WI


On Jun 22, 2012, basil379 from Tampa, FL wrote:

As a child in Cuba I remember to have Mariposas "white Ginger" plants all around the house, especially in the wet zones of the patio. their perfum was part of growing up in my country. The plants were taller than our front porch varanda so the flowers were easy to reach from the porch, and many evenings I watched the zun zuns flying around the flowers; they never went to the roses or the jasmins, always to the mariposas flowers. Now a mature woman myself I am trying to recreate my mother's garden in my house in Tampa, today I receive a white ginger from Hawai, and is already planted, I also have a jasmin del cabo, or Grand Duque how was called in the nursery where was purchased, and a confederate jasmin (both are doing fine, very healthy and blooming) I have seeing about 5 or 6 mariposas p... read more


On Jun 21, 2012, hellebore from Mount Olive, MS wrote:

Have been growing this in my garden near the outlet for my water treatment plant for 6 or 7 years now and it has never failed to thrive from day one and it spreads well. I am in Magee, MS and after frost it will die back to the ground but always comes back well every year, even after snowy winters. The fragrance is lovely and is always anticipated in late summer. I never water or feed mine; presumably it picks up enough water for its needs from the outlet pipe. I am interested in the notes of those who tried to grow it indoors; the aroma of an indoor blooming plant would be marvelous. I also need to divide it and start a second bed as the current one is getting rather thick. I am curious to know if this particular ginger has edible roots or if it just a coincidence of common names;... read more


On Jun 18, 2012, markkromer from Apopka, FL wrote:

In Florida, this plant is considered invasive in wetlands. I love the scent but it didn't do well in my yard because of dryness.


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

When my patch blooms you can smell it from blocks away . I have given some to all of my neighbors it multiplies quickly . The more I thin it the more it multiplies .


On Dec 28, 2010, nopi639 wrote:

We call the plant Camia here in the Philippines a tropical country. I am now on commercial propagation of this plant along with Sampaguita(jasmin sambac} and my notes are the following. It loves shade and moisture. The secret is this, Camia is a long-day-plant, it needs more than 12 hours of light and if you want to induce it to flower you have to apply artificial light to brake the dormancy.


On Oct 23, 2010, realrdp from Branford, CT (Zone 7a) wrote:

Have 4 White Ginger plants between 3-5ft, but none of them bloom. They seem healthy, periodic brown tips, but nothing drastic. Keep room temp between 70-78 degrees and water once a week, with soil moist. Bought the root sets from Hawaii, 5 yrs ago. What am I doing incorrectly?


On Aug 16, 2010, AmyMorie from Green Cove Springs, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Doing great as a poolside plant in north Florida. Lovely blooms with a heavenly scent


On Jun 17, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:

I left a 1 gallon pot of Butterfly Gingers sitting in a natural spring in my yard, intending on planting it. The ginger seemed to be happy in the plastic pot so I left it there. The next year, the ginger split the plastic pot so I then planted it. Years later I have many gingers in my lower yard, where they have spread in a line along the spring. It gives my lower yard a wonderful tropical look, and in late summer, the gingers bloom and the whole backyard is filled with a wonderful scent! They are near my pool which makes them even more enjoyable. Easy to care for, easy to propagate, and easy to contain if need be (I let mine go where they want). I grow mine in moist soil, & part to filtered sunlight. They seem to linger near the spring and have not spread to the higher, drier part... read more


On May 14, 2010, garyloveslucy from Jefferson City, MO wrote:

I live in Zone 5 but it is really a protected Zone 6. I planted these in the ground, next to the foundation, on the East side of the house and decided to leave them in the ground for the winter under a foot of mulched leaves for protection. As I write in Mid-May, I now have 24 that have sprouted and are around 2 feet tall. We had several nights of -5 F temperatures and was the coldest winter in a number of years.

Try this amazing and hardy plant but make sure it is next to your foundation if you are not in a hardy place. It works!


On Apr 9, 2010, UrbanRobot from Miami, FL wrote:

I actually have a question: I'm a landscape architect, but new to Florida. Is it a problem to plant Hedychium coronarium near (about 4ft away) a hot tub? I'm worried about two things: (1) Damage to the plant from chlorinated water spray, and (2) Litter from the seed pods - will they cause a maintenance problem on the pool deck? Thank you!


On Feb 1, 2010, SouthernGal from Naples, FL wrote:

This ginger has been shared and shared with friends & family from NW Florida to SW Florida- and from coastal to inland locations. You couldn't ask for a sweeter scent either. If they are going to get a lot of sun, don't let them dry out.


On Dec 7, 2009, NE_wtginger_fan from Arlington, MA wrote:

Ok, I am Vexed with this plant. I live in MA, zone 6 and got this plant on my honeymoon. I have had some challenges with the ginger plant. I get brown leaves on the edges, it seems to do OK, but I was expecting more considering what I have read here.

I keep it wet very wet and it is in the window which may be the issue. But the Brown leaves come in all seasons, so I am not sure. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I do use filtered water; I read that the chlorine in the water may hurt the plants.
Don't mind the challenge of growing the plant, but would love to be more successful with the White Ginger.


On Dec 2, 2009, sheilas18 from Mears, MI wrote:

I'm growing a white ginger plant indoors, started from a small piece of root brought back from Hawaii 2 years ago. It is now almost 6 feet tall and sends up new shoots regularly. There are 9 new shoots right now. It has not bloomed yet but we still enjoy the greenery...our piece of tropical paradise here in frozen Michigan. Any advice on keeping the stalks from bending over? Also will it eventually bloom here in the North? Many thanks!


On Oct 28, 2009, Tropicool from Orange Park, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've had this plant for about 3-4 years. This year is the first time it has bloomed. Not enough water, I think. It smells wonderful! and the scent carries maybe 20 feet across the pool deck. And this just from about 6 blooms!

I have had this in a container for the entire time, and it has probably doubled or trebled in volume. It's going in the ground next year!


On Oct 24, 2009, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Blooms in November here, if it blooms at all. I think that dry spells in the fall (frequent Santa Anas) are hard on it and it may not be too keen on the alkaline soil. Has never gotten very tall, about 3 feet.


On Aug 28, 2009, greenthum3 from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

One of my favorite plants in the garden, the fragrance is hypnotizing.


On Aug 6, 2008, Tayed from Cleveland, GA wrote:

The plants seem to do well, and they multiply each year. I have them planted in a partial shade area of my garden. By the time they bloom, (late September early October) the cold mountain mornings seem to get the best of them. I wounder if I move them to full sun if they will bloom earlier? Can anyone advise?


On Aug 4, 2008, thecliffbear from Birmingham, AL wrote:

My ginger plants here in Birmingham grow very well. They are about 4to 5 ft. when they bloom in august, when they come back up in the following spring they have usually multiplied by twenty to thirty pecent.
i have had one of my landscaping clients plants to obtain a six ft. stand in a fertile moist area near limestone out cropings in the back yard.


On Aug 4, 2008, ulupaina from Colville, WA wrote:

Make a ginger lei. Pick the fat buds with stems, wrap up in leaves and keep in a glass of water until you're ready. Use any thread, even crochet thread is fine, and a needle that passes through the hollow stem and beneath the stamens. The stems should be clipped a qtr. to a half inch. You'll need about a 100 blossoms. Fewer will make a shorter lei. The flower buds will fit together, stamens lying in the same direction. Leave an end of string/thread before the knot to help with tying the end, or wrap around a little twig to keep the first flower bud from slipping off. In Hawaii we used lei needles made of long wire with a tight little tiny hook for the thread. Several flowers can be strung at once before sliding them down the thread. These leis are so special!


On Aug 4, 2008, aulani61 from Emporia, KS wrote:

The White Ginger illicits fond memories of my childhood in Hawaii when we would go into the deep forested areas of Nuuanu Valley and the Pali to pick these fragrant blossoms to use them to make leis. Even songs are written about them. Gingers, both white and yellow, grow wild in Hawaii. My mother grew an entire hedge of them, and when they would bloom, the heady fragrance filled the air night and day. How lucky I was to grow up in the Hawaiian tropics.


On Jun 19, 2008, mieow from USDA 6A, NY wrote:

My father used to bring me this elegant pure white flower with the most charming fragrance from the wild back home after his fishing trip. I miss it so much!! Please let me know where I can get it in NY metro area. Thanks!!


On Dec 14, 2007, LiliMerci from North of Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I live in Atlanta, GA, have this plant. It was given to me by someone in the family. Since I didn't know what it was, I originally kept them in a container, it didn't do much, green leaves. Decided to put them in the ground. They grow and multiply like weeds. I'm going to have to dig some out and give them away! Incredible sweet scents and attract ants.


On Oct 29, 2007, mimianvy from Beverly Hills, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant has beautiful foliage and very fragrant flowers. My butterfly ginger is over 5ft tall and is growing next to a chain link fence to help support it. They do tend to fall over if not supported.

I have a wonderful seating area next to this plant and there are a couple of hummingbirds that love to visit this plant.


On Jun 22, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

The Lazy gardener again. My gingers usually only get water when it rains. They don't flower much, maybe they would if I watered them. Mine are taller than my 1 story house.


On Feb 24, 2007, beerhog from Paris, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:

This will be my 3rd year with this plant. I leave it out in the winter and it has come back every year.


On Jul 5, 2006, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have grown this plant here in the Pacific North West for 5 years and I've never seen a bloom. It gets a lot of handsome tropical looking foliage during the growing season, just no blooms. It dies down to the ground here in the winter and it's slow to come up in the spring. I have it in a shady location, but perhaps it would do better with some sun here. After reading these other comments I'm thinking it might do better in a wetter area as well.
I'll re-post if any of these changes makes a difference.


On Jun 30, 2006, Dinu from Mysore,
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant thrives very well in places where the soil is continuously moist. It seems to bloom better in this condition than when planted in drier areas.


On May 22, 2006, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant grew in a swampy area on our homestead in Jacksonville, Florida. It's fragrance is a delight.

The H. coronarium is very prevalent in our area and can be found in many marshy locations and along ditch banks.

I was thrilled one night to find a hummingbird moth visiting the blossoms to feed on the nectar. The moth was so intent on dining that it didn't mind me walking up and observing it from a distance of just a few inches. The moths have the same movement of darting foreward and backwards as does a hummingbird, and they have the eerie trait of their eyes glowing bright orange in the dark if there happens to be a light source nearby.



On May 21, 2006, Two_and_a_cat from Titusville, FL wrote:

Beautiful plant that grows well here in Titusville, FL. All ours are in mostly shaded to fully shaded locations. They get 30 minutes of water, twice a week. We cut them back to the ground after they bloom. They are very fragrant.


On Jul 4, 2004, desertboot from Bangalore,
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

Another of my all-time favourites. And there's a whole bank of them in bloom as we speak. The fragrance is just what fragrance is all about: a hint of something special, caught in a breeze.


On Jul 3, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

White ginger has always been one of my favorite flowers and finally got some last Nov. My mother had tried to grow it on the other side of the island, but being near the ocean with sandy soil and pretty dry, it never did very well no matter how she babied it. It has done very well here and its first flowers opened tonight...wonderful fragrance!! Recently I discovered it is one of 3 gingers on UH Botony Dept pest plant list. Although it has been a problem in some areas, popularity with gardeners and lei makers has kept it from biological control...can't keep an enemy insect or disease in problem areas and out of a growers back yard I guess... I was looking for something else on pest list when I discovered ginger on it... still love it.


On Apr 17, 2004, Dave_in_Devon from Torquay,
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

Although many species and hybrid Hedychiums do extremely well in the south of the UK at least, H coronarium rarely flowers before autumn is well under way (often not until November). Unfortunately flowers can be damaged by autumn winds and rain and the lower temperatures mean that the fragrance is barely discernible. It is a very hardy plant, but needs hotter and longer summers than we have here to perform really well.


On Apr 17, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Mariposa, (white or butterfly ginger) is one of my all time favorite plants. It is the National Flower of Cuba. As a child and youth growing up there I remember little boys selling the blooms at ten stems for a penny. I was able to grow some white ginger while living in South Carolina, many years ago. I now live in Hawaii where they grow wild with the least encouragement. The area where I live is quite rainy. We do not fertilize them. They grow well in full sun or deep shade. Beautiful leis are made with the blooms. You can also find them with a yellow bloom and in a beautiful salmon pink color. Although they are also heavily scented, they don't seem to be as fragrant as the white. White ginger in Hawaiian is called "awapuhi keo kea".


On Oct 15, 2003, soilsandup from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The fragrance of this plant is wonderful, but the blooms are less-than-spectacular in my climate (California's Central Valley.)

The individual blossoms tend to wilt quickly, hang on, and are unsightly as new blooms open up in the cone. And yes, it does tend to spread quickly. Hedychium gardnerianum is a better plant for spectacular bloom and fragrance.


On Aug 21, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

This past Sunday our Koi & Watergarden club visited a nursery in Gainesville, Florida, that specializes in gingers. We were presented with a short lecture, some handouts, and an opportunity to buy--which we did!

I purchased what I thought was a white butterfly ginger, which the lecturer said is the most cold hardy of the all the gingers, and will overwinter as far north as Atlanta, GA and Raleigh, NC, as it originated in the Himalayas. The white butterfly ginger also has the largest flower, and is the most fragrant of all the Hedychiums, which is the general botanical or genus name for all the butterfly gingers. In the warmer parts of Florida and Texas Hedychiums are evergreen and everblooming, but where frosted down every winter, such as here in Northcentral Florida, zon... read more


On Apr 8, 2003, shacub from Marshall, AR wrote:

I grew up in South Louisiana, where my mother has a back yard full of white ginger. It was planted under the canopy of a Pecan Tree.

When it was in bloom the whole neighborhood had the Gardenia-like smell everywhere. I have since moved to north-central Arkansas. I brought some with me and plant it in a large pot, bring it in for the winter. This past fall to early winter, it bloomed inside. Fond memories come back to me when I smell that sweet fragrance. My only concern is whether to fertilize. My mother has never fertilized hers, only the nutrients from the soil, but I fertilize mine with Miracle Gro (water-soluble fertilizer.)


On Feb 28, 2003, camia wrote:

According to the Philippine National Herbarium, Hedychium coronarium is rare here in the Philippines.


On Sep 19, 2002, eloopj from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have plants that are 6' tall.


On Aug 24, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Ginger Lily is a tropical perennial; the green stalks grow from a thick rhizome to a height of 2-4' feet. In autumn the stalks are topped with fragrant white flowers that resemble butterflies. The beautiful rich green foilage makes a great background for smaller plants.

A tropical plant, Hedychium coronarium can tolerate an occassional light freeze; frost will kill it to the ground, but it quickly comes back. It is a popular landscape plant throughout Florida and the Gulf Coast. It is also used in California, the Caribbean and tropical areas throughout the world.