Kahili ginger lily
Common name:Kahili ginger lily
Scientific name:Hedychium gardnerianum (Zingiberaceae)
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A vigorous plant up to 2m high. Broad, bright green or greyish-green leaves which sheath the stems. Showy, fragrant flowers in spikes up to 35cm long from January to March. Flowers are yellow with red protruding stamens.
Where does this species come from?Asia (Himalayas)
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces
How does it spread?Spreads by seeds and rhizomes
Why is it a problem?Competes with and replaces indigenous species and obstructs access to plantations
What does it look like?General description: Vigorous herb rising from rhizomes and growing up to 2m high with broad, bright green or greyish-green leaves which sheath the stems. Leaves: Broad, bright green or greyish-green leaves. Flowers: Flowers are yellow with red protruding stamens, appearing from January to March. Fruit/seeds: Capsules.
Does the plant have any uses?Planted as a garden ornament
Plant me instead alternatives
Arum lilies (Zantedeschia spp.), crane flower (Strelitzia reginae), dragon tree (Dracaena aletriformis), small-leaved dragon tree (Dracaena mannii), Moore’s crinum (Crinum moorei), blister leaf (Knowltonia vesicatoria)