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Kahili Ginger 'Kahili Fiesta'

Hedychium gardnerianum

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


12-15 in. (30-38 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:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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


Belvedere Tiburon, California

Greenbrae, California

Lafayette, California

Sacramento, California

San Jose, California

Valley Village, California

Brooksville, Florida

Fort Mc Coy, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Honomu, Hawaii

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Portland, Oregon

Okatie, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 23, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The World Conservation Union IUCN has included this shrubby species on their list of 100 of the world's worst invasive species, an honor it shares with only 31 land plants.

It is native to the Himalayas of India, Nepal, and Bhutan. It has become a weed of concern in wild areas of New Zealand, Hawaii, and the Azores. Even where it is not a threat to natural areas, its weedy growth needs to be controlled in the garden. It spreads both by densely matted rhizomes and also by copious seeds spread by birds and mammals.

This is the most widely grown Hedychium species as an ornamental.


On Sep 3, 2006, cbgjr from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wonderfully fragrant plant - great spires of yellow butterfly flowers


On Jul 4, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I don't have it growing in our yard and realize it is considered a pest, but I think it is beautiful and oh, so fragrant!

There is a section of highway on a higher elevation, on the way to the Hawaii National Volcanoes Park lined on both sides with masses of the you drive up to the volcano, if the plant is in bloom, the aroma is intoxicating.


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

This is one of 3 gingers on UH Botony Dept pest plant list. Although it has infested some areas, popularity with horticulturists 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... Spreads more easily thru seed (via bird) than some other gingers. I confess, I have the other 2 on list, but not this one. I was looking for something else on pest list when I discovered ginger on it.


On Jul 29, 2002, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a very fragrant ginger. The stems of this ginger are very sturdy with leather-like leaves. Kahili gingers are very invasive in the South Pacific.