Hedychium is native to tropical Asia. They are a group of astounding floral forms and plant types with minimum hardiness. Hedychium is often called butterfly ginger lily or garland lily. Each species has a unique floral shape but characteristic “canna-like” large foliage. Hedychium originates in areas where monsoons are common and heavy, moist, warm tropical air is the norm. Try to mimic their native growing conditions for the healthiest Hedychium plants.
The butterfly ginger lily is a half-hardy perennial, flowering plant. The blooms are strongly scented and quite intoxicating. The plants are part of the marginal rainforest community in tropical Asia. As such, providing partial shade and organic-rich, moist soil is key to growing Hedychium ginger lilies.