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Hedychium angustifolium 'Peach'

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Hedychium 'Peach' flowers The correct botanical name of this plant is in some doubt, as this is technically a variety of Hedychium coccineum. However it is often listed as shown above, "Hedychium angustifolium 'Peach'", or as "narrowleaf butterfly ginger". Whatever the correct botanical name may be, it is a really good ornamental ginger, and ideal for beginners due to its vigor and profuse flowering. This is one of the most profusely blooming and fastest increasing Hedychiums in my garden, save perhaps the common H. coronarium. I am growing it in about 5 hours direct sun where it grows up to 8 or 9 feet tall in rich, moist, clay-based organic soil. Expect it to be much shorter, about 5 ft, when grown in sandy soil. I have not tried it in shadier conditions, but other references I have seen recommend shade to part shade for this plant.

The flowers are very showy and prolific, and they seem to change color from yellowish to peach colored as they age. I can only detect a slight fragrance, so don't expect this ginger to fill the air with night-time fragrance like the white butterfly ginger does.

Some references rate the plant as root hardy to zone 7B, some only to zone 8, but I suspect it is hardy like most Hedychiums throughout zone 7. It has been reliably hardy in my garden to temperatures in the upper teens.

I recommend you grow this ginger in part sun (from 2 to 5 hours direct sun in warm areas, more in cooler areas), and plant it in moist, rich, organic soil.


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