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Native to the Himalayas, the Kahili Ginger is a serious invasive species in certain areas of the world. It is listed as a weed of concern on conservation land in New Zealand, Hawaii and the Azores. This specimen was spotted in Mata-Jardim José do Canto Park on São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. The Kahili Ginger can be found all over São Miguel Island.
Usually cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks. It prefers a warm tropical climate, although it can thrive in sub-tropical and temperate regions by tolerating light, infrequent frosts.
It has been recognized as one of "The World's 100 Worst Invasive Alien Species".