Common Name: Wild Ginger, Yellow Longose, Butterfly Ginger
Height at maturity: 1 to 1.5 meter
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: shrub
Flower color: cream
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. flavescens, like its close relative hedychium flavum, has large, fragrant yellow inflorescences. But the species is distinguished from the latter by more pubescent leaves, and a generally paler yellow color of the flowers. In late summer, the large, butterfly-like flowers are deliciously fragrant and later. Some years the flowering can last until December.
The habit of the plant is decorative with tall, fleshy stems bearing broad horizontal oblong leaves. Its appearance and culture are very close to those of the Cannas. The fragrant flowering is more abundant when the rhizomes become tight, or remain in place for several years.
For a good success it is necessary a planting on the surface, in a humid and sunny or semi-shaded situation and a regular supply of fertilizer. Also well suited to growing in pots.