Kahili ginger lily

Hedychium gardnerianum
Kahili ginger lily: Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili ginger lily: Hedychium gardnerianum

Common name:

Kahili ginger lily

Scientific name:

Hedychium gardnerianum (Zingiberaceae)

Alternative common names:

Kahiligemmerlelies (Afrikaans)

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.

Additional Info

  • 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)