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Hedychium greenii
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Hedychium greenii

Red Butterfly Ginger

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Item #: 8596

Zones: 8a to 10b, at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Asia

Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L) ?


Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.


Hedychium greenii, native to Bhutan and Arunchal, India has long been one of our favorite gingers. As best we can determine, all of the material in cultivation is a single clone collected in Bhutan and distributed by its namesake, Mr. Green. For us, Hedychium greenii has survived since 2007 including one winter at 9 degrees F. The 3' tall stalks, that emerge for us in late June, are adorned with dark olive green, red-backed leaves. The stalks are topped, starting in mid-July and lasting until fall, with orange-red terminal flowers. Since Hedychium greenii is sterile, it has learned to reproduce by plantlets that form on the old flower stalks.