Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

Zingiberaceae hedychium aka Butterfly ginger




These are sturdy plants, first Ike wiped out all their shade and I had to move them, then here we sit in three months into a drought. Still they grow and they bloom.

6′ to 8′ tall. Stalks bloom once each, cut them to the ground after blooming or leave them as it pleases you.

I’m told they can grow in full sun, mine seemed rather displeased with the idea after Ike took down the trees out front. They will likely only grow to 4′ in full sun. If they are not blooming, move them to a sunnier location. Mine receive only dappled morning light and do bloom.

These are a great plant for boggy areas, they do not mind clay or wet feet. They seem to be holding up in the drought too. I’d recommend trying them in any shady area that is difficult to find plants for.

Like most local gingers these die back to the ground in the winter, and re-appear in the spring.

These are the most fragrant of the ginger family and the flowers are thought to resemble butterflies.

Propagation is best done by division late winter to early spring.

This particular ginger species is from the area of southern Asia through to India. Historically the roots are used in times of famine or as a food supplement during lean times.

Note: Survived the extreme heat and drought of the summer of ’11 but no blooms