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Hedychium thyrsiforme

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Hedychium thyrsiforme flower This is another species Hedychium that any serious collector of gingers will want. It is sometimes called the "pincushion ginger" or "frilly white ginger" based on the small flowers with the long white stamens. It has only a slight fragrance if at all, so don't expect it to fill the air with a sweet heavy fragrance like the common white butterfly ginger, Hedychium coronarium. The flowers do not come until fairly late in fall - it blooms in October for me.

Hedychium thyrsiforme is a medium height ginger, growing to between 5 and 6 ft tall, and usually not upright but arching in a very pretty way. The foliage is very wide, dark green and tropical looking.

I am growing it in filtered shade, and have not tried it myself in a sunny area, but most references indicate it should be grown in part sun to as much as full sun. To me it simply LOOKS like a shade plant so I put it in the shade.

Hardiness by most references is zone 8 (not zone 7 like other Hedychiums) so you might not want to try it if you are in a colder location. It is probably too big to be grown as a potted plant. I can vouch for hardiness down to the upper teens in my zone 8B garden.

Hedychium thyrsiforme should be grown in rich, moist, organic soil with a monthly light application of fertilizer or a slow release source of nitrogen from compost.

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