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Hedychium gracile - Roxb.

Common Name
Family Zingiberaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist places and on forest edges[200].
Range E. Asia - India.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Hedychium gracile


Hedychium gracile

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hedychium gracile is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Used as a spice[177]. No more details are given.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a rich moist soil and a sunny position[233]. It can be grown in a sunny border as a summer sub-tropical bedding plant[[1]. Plants are not very hardy, they tolerate temperatures down to about -2°c and can be grown at the foot of a south-facing wall in the milder areas of Britain if given a good mulch in the winter[1, 200]. The flowers are sweetly scented, the scent being most pronounced towards evening[245]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. The tubers should be only just covered in soil[233].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse at 18°c[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first winter in the greenhouse. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Division as growth commences in the spring[200]. Dig up the clump and divide it with a sharp spade or knife, making sure that each division has a growing shoot. Larger clumps can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a greenhouse until they are established. Plant them out in the summer or late in the following spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Hedychium coronariumButterfly Ginger, White garland-lily, Garland Flower, Butterfly Lily22
Hedychium spicatum 12

 

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