Common Name: Wild Ginger, White Longose, Butterfly Ginger
Height at maturity: 1 to 1.5 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: shrub
Flower color: white
Soil type: ordinary to rich
Use: in the garden in the ground, isolated, borders, container culture
Diseases and pests: no specific disease or pest
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Hedychium coronarium, also called wild ginger, white longose or butterfly ginger, is an ornamental ginger native to India and more generally to Southeast Asia. It is a herbaceous perennial that grows rapidly from a rhizome and forms clumps 1 to 2 meters high. Each stem, red at the base, bears a small spike from which will be born a fragrant white inflorescence.
This plant is prized for its lush foliage which gives it a tropical appearance and especially for its very fragrant flowering. It will look great near a pond or fountain.
Easy to grow, its resistance to cold can be improved by mulching the stump in winter. For a plant of tropical origin, the strain is surprisingly resistant to cold, and, provided the soil is sufficiently drained and mulched, the plant will be able to withstand winter temperatures of around -12°C to -15°C. C, even -18°C in excellent conditions.
The sweetly scented flowers appear in summer and autumn. They have a yellow heart. It is the particular shape of the petals of this flower that has earned the plant the name of butterfly ginger. Hedychium coronarium is one of the most fragrant flowering gingers.