Friday, September 7, 2012

Hedychium gardnerianum................Kahili lily

Hedychium gardnerianum is simply gorgeous - the quintessential ginger lily. 

 The perfumed flowers form big flame-orange spikes with red stamens. 
Each inflorescence holds up to 50 exquisite little flowers - individually pretty as an orchid with a heady sweet scent - over luxuriantly exotic foliage.


From the family Zingiberaceae,  an aromatic plant,  originating in India, growing to  3 meters.
Plant in half shade.  
Minimum temperature -10°C.
In Europe it flowers in September. 

Bulbs are edible but don't eat this prize winning, flowering, ginger bulb.