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White Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium thyrsiforme

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White Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium thyrsiforme) at Randy's Perennials

White Butterfly Ginger foliage

White Butterfly Ginger foliage

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Pincushion Ginger, Ginger Lily, Garland Lily

Description:

This fine selection produces wide green leaves with an interesting ribbed texture; elegant, spidery white blooms with long white stames in late summer; great in containers, or massed along borders; benefits from some shelter and rich soil

Ornamental Features

White Butterfly Ginger features showy spikes of lightly-scented white spider-like flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. Its attractive textured oval leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

White Butterfly Ginger is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

White Butterfly Ginger is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

White Butterfly Ginger will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

White Butterfly Ginger is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features