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White Ginger

Hedychium coronarium


The butterfly-like flowers emerge from between green bracts on the club-shaped inflorescences. The flowers have 3 slender, linear, pale yellowish or greenish sepals and 3 spoon-shaped, white petals. There is pale yellow at the base of the top, largest petal. Each flower lasts only one day. The seeds are bright red. The pseudostems (formed by the leaf sheaths) emerge from underground rhizomes. The leaf blades are green, sessile or subsessile, and oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate in shape.


Lyon Arboretum


The young flowers and flower buds are edible. A native plant of India, exported in the 19th century to the Hawaiian Islands for its ornamental uses. It soon became naturalized throughout Hawaii and it is sometimes even considered an invasive weed. This perennial herb can grow 6 feet in height with simple, elliptical-shaped leaves and fragrant, large, showy snow white flowers Read more :

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Spotted on Oct 10, 2014
Submitted on Oct 27, 2014

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