Hardy Ginger Lily 'Dr. Moy'


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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


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)


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:

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:

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:

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

Bryan, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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 .


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... read more


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

Ordered from plantdelights.com 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.


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.