Hedychium hybrids - Butterfly ginger
About fifty species of Hedychium
are native to Asia and Madagascar. The
various species range from typical terrestrial herbs to aquatics and epiphytes.
The flower of some species are highly fragrant. A few species are used as
spices and flavorings where they are native. In warm parts of the U.S., these
plants are used as garden plants for their bold foliage and showy flowers. The
various species and hybrids have summer flowers in white and shades of yellow,
orange, pink and red.
See two varieties, ‘Orange Brush’ and ‘Disney’, along the pond edge north of the library. Both of these have orange flowers in late summer.
Herbaceous plants that range from three to ten feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: moist soil, not drought tolerant
Soil: common garden varieties seem adaptable to a wide range of soil types
Several species and hybrids of butterfly ginger grow well in
They vary in vigor from slow to aggressive growers.